How to Balance Multiple Projects without Losing Your Sanity

Working in a consultancy can often mean juggling multiple projects and media at once. This work style certainly keeps me from ever getting bored, but if not managed properly, it can also cause some unwanted stress.

However, if I plan my days well, they can be perfectly curated to keep me focused and get the job(s) done. Here are my tips for creating that balance. Read more on How to Balance Multiple Projects without Losing Your Sanity…

How We Used a Week of Spikes to Map Out a Feature

For those uninitiated to agile software development, “a spike solution is a very simple program to explore potential solutions” to a particularly challenging problem. This term and definition comes from XP Explained by Kent Beck, and it is still as relevant today as it ever was.
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Planning for Unpredictable Costs During Your Project’s Grow Phase

Most custom software projects have three major phases in their lifecycle. First, there’s the Build phase. This is the initial period of time when a platform is being designed and developed, which culminates with an initial launch (typically a Minimum-Viable-Product first launch or beta release).

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Design Thinking Toolkit, Part 2: The Supply List

This is the second post in a series on Design Thinking methods and tools. You’ll find a full list of posts in this series at the end of the page.

Before we dive too deeply into design thinking exercises, I want to help you set the stage with the proper tools and materials. At Atomic, we’ve been holding workshops and project kickoffs for 15 years, so we’ve done all the user testing for you! Here, you’ll find a collection of our most loved and used tools for group activities. Read more on Design Thinking Toolkit, Part 2: The Supply List…

Creating Strong, Successful IoT Products with Holistic Development

Internet of Things devices are valuable because they bring together physical objects, apps, and the cloud. That’s also why they’re extremely difficult to build successfully. All the different pieces of an IoT system have to work seamlessly together, and they have to provide a smooth, successful user experience.

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Choosing the Right Release Cadence for Your Project

On software projects, choosing a release schedule that works for both your team and your client is essential to long-term project health. Release too often, and you risk coming off as frantic and harried to your customers, your clients, or both. Release too seldom, and you risk appearing stodgy, inflexible, and unresponsive. Read more on Choosing the Right Release Cadence for Your Project…

Optimizing GraphQL Queries with DataLoader

In my post about GraphQL and the Apollo server tools, I primarily focused on setting up a simple GraphQL schema and set of resolvers, but did not go much deeper. The main example in that post defined a findBy method which simulated hitting a database, but for the sake of brevity, this detail was largely overlooked.
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Cell Zero Reflects on Their First Year in the Atomic Accelerator

Atomic’s Accelerator program (an accelerated professional development program for newly-graduated developers) is rounding out its inaugural year. That means the four members of Cell Zero will have completed their first year as Atoms, and Cell One and Cell Alpha (the next cohorts) will join our offices this summer in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor respectively.
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Emotional Intelligence, Part 4 – Improving Your Self-Awareness

This is the fourth and last post in a series on the excellent book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Drs. Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves. The book segments emotional intelligence into four areas: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

The authors identify four areas of emotional intelligence. Image credit : Dillan.

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