Technology and Computer Science Resources for Kids in West Michigan

Photo Credit: The Midwest Tech Project

 

Earlier this month, I represented Atomic Object as part of a panel at The Second Annual Power Up Technology Fair put on by The Midwest Tech Project and held at Baxter Community Center. There, I spoke with parents who had variations of the same question: How can I expose my son or daughter to the opportunities afforded by a career in technology?
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Some Design Up Front: Why ‘Sprint Zero’ is Not Enough

Over the past several years, agile software teams have recognized the necessity of welcoming designers into their ranks. At the same time, organizations throughout the industry have struggled with and offered different perspectives on the “best way” for designers and developers to work together on agile teams. Read more on Some Design Up Front: Why ‘Sprint Zero’ is Not Enough…

The Delivery Lead: A New Type of Maker

Atomic is adding a new type of maker called the Delivery Lead to our lineup. Recently, we’ve recognized ways to enhance the experience of our clients and teams and build better software in the process. The Delivery Lead position is the result of more than a year’s worth of experimentation in this area. As one of the first to hold that position at Atomic Object, I’d like to introduce the Delivery Lead role and share the context for how we got here.
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Your Design Review will Succeed or Fail in the First 5 Minutes

It’s the moment that every designer both loves and dreads: the design review with your customer or stakeholder.

Whether you realized it or not when you set out to become a designer (I’m guessing “not”—I’ll admit that I didn’t), effective communication and presentation are core parts of a designer’s job—and these skills set the excellent designers apart from the rest. Read more on Your Design Review will Succeed or Fail in the First 5 Minutes…

Using Project Design Principles to Set Priorities & Stay on Track

Giving and receiving design feedback in the product development process is difficult—so difficult that there are whole books written on the topic. Most software stakeholders don’t approach the software development process with an innate knowledge of how to effectively critique a design, and many designers do a poor job of teaching them how to do this at the beginning of a relationship. Read more on Using Project Design Principles to Set Priorities & Stay on Track…

On Work and Compassion

Hello, friends. If you’ve come to Atomic Spin for a bit of genius advice about Ember.js or for our latest thoughts on product design, agile, or software teams, this post will be a bit different from what you’re expecting. However, I promise it’s equally useful.

I want to share something important that has recently taken on new meaning for me and begun to inform my work in profound ways. Settle in, it’s about to get real in here.
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What I Learned from My Largest Software Project (So Far)

Can a large-scale software project really launch on time, on schedule, and to everyone’s satisfaction? Yes! As the lead designer and product manager for the recently introduced web app NexGen Inquiry, I’d like to share my thoughts on how Atomic Object and our client Van Andel Education Institute accomplished just that.
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Easy Design & Front-End Practices for Improving Accessibility

It’s a widely accepted truth that accessibility on the web is important. Of course, everybody should have equal access to technology! However, when it comes down to it and project timelines and budgets are at stake, it can be more difficult to put this belief into practice.  

As technology continues to emerge and best practices continue to evolve, it can also be difficult to keep up–last year’s best practice may have already been discarded in favor of something else. In this post, I’d like to share a few easy ways that we can all improve web accessibility.  Read more on Easy Design & Front-End Practices for Improving Accessibility…