9 Essential Tools for Project Communication

There are many things that contribute to the success of a project, but one of the most important is good communication with our clients.

Every project has its unique set of individuals and circumstances that dictate which forms of communication will work best, but for all projects the goal is the same: help everyone on the team make good decisions. Decisions require open channels of communication so information can flow back and forth as needed. Read more on 9 Essential Tools for Project Communication…

Making Smart Assumptions in a Project Budget

When we’re working with a client to define a custom software proposal and create a responsible budget, we’re always going to be in a position where there are unknowns. For example, a project may need to integrate with a third party service we’ve never used before. We have to assume the service works as advertised, but we really won’t know until we do some additional research and start working with the service. Read more on Making Smart Assumptions in a Project Budget…

Remote-First Communication for Project Teams

“If anyone is remote, you’re all remote.”

At Atomic Object, we value co-located teams. But not every team member can always be co-located. Larger project teams may have members from multiple offices. Some projects might involve working closely with other vendors. I experience this “remoteness” when I support the infrastructure needs of teams in our Ann Arbor and Detroit offices.

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Agile + Scrum = More Effective Iteration Meetings

Do your iteration meetings drag on forever, include thrashing and tangential conversations, or seem generally unproductive? Being structured about agile iteration meetings allows the Development Team to stay on track and get the most value from stakeholders’ time. Read more on Agile + Scrum = More Effective Iteration Meetings…

Zooming Out

If you spend much time around the offices at Atomic, you’ll eventually hear someone mention the phrase “zooming out” in relation to solving a problem. I’m not 100% certain on the origin of our use of the phrase (we may have picked it up from one of our friends at IDEO or Cooper), but I’ve used it frequently over the past two years. And the more I use it, the broader my definition becomes. It’s just so darn useful. Read more on Zooming Out…