Six Steps for Effectively Helping a Coworker Resolve an Issue

Have you ever had a coworker approach you with an issue they are dealing with? Sometimes, issues come up through minor complaints or occasional venting. Other times, issues are front and center as the main topic of a conversation. When this happens, how can you help your coworker without taking ownership of their issue? Read more on Six Steps for Effectively Helping a Coworker Resolve an Issue…

Application Rewrites – Getting Started

Ugh. Imagine you are responsible for leading a project to replace a 15-year-old, complicated, internal business application. No one is happy with the status quo, and the complexity of the application makes this project seem intractable.

You ask yourself, “How did things get this bad? How am I going to get started?”
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How We Practice Open-Book Management at Atomic

I’ve been part of Atomic for 10+ years, and it’s easy to forget some of the dreadful feelings and experiences I’ve had in other companies where transparency in financial performance was not part of the culture like it is here.

If you’ve had the experience of being kept in the dark on financial performance, have you ever found yourself wondering: Read more on How We Practice Open-Book Management at Atomic…

A Better Approach to Collaborative Problem Solving

It can be difficult to build team consensus on the best way to solve a technical problem. I believe the difficulty often stems from how each of us strives to present our own solutions without really listening to others in a spirit of true team support.

To improve the way we collaborate and overcome team dysfunction, I’m proposing a new working agenda. Read more on A Better Approach to Collaborative Problem Solving…

Consultancies: The Smart First Job for Software Developers

When I joined Atomic fresh out of school 11 years ago, I didn’t realize I was making the best career decision a young software developer could make. I was attracted to Atomic Object because it was a smaller company, the people were extremely smart and driven, and the technical practices were cutting-edge.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but there was a much more important aspect of Atomic that made it the most valuable place to start my career. Atomic was a consultancy. Read more on Consultancies: The Smart First Job for Software Developers…

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…