Curriculum & Goals for the Atomic Accelerator’s Second Year

Cell Zero of the Atomic Accelerator: (l to r) Rachael, Andy, Dan, Alex

May signaled the start of our initial Accelerator cohort’s second year, and with it, a new focus for our curriculum. Our first year was packed with technical content, but recently, we’ve been reading books like Influencer, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, Coaching for Performance, Crucial Accountability, and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

During the second year of the program, we’ll develop four key skills: accountability, conflict resolution, mentorship, and leadership. We’ll work on each skill using both a personal and team perspective.
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Cell Zero goes to Ember Conf 2017

One of our Accelerator program’s goals is to make sure that our consultants are well-connected: in our company, in our community, but also in the industry as a whole. We go to great lengths to create opportunities for Accelerator members to get to know their fellow Atoms. Our cohorts visit local user groups and conferences.

We also like to attend a couple of conferences outside Michigan each year to meet folks from other parts of the country and learn what excites them. In this spirit, Cell Zero recently took a trip to Portland, Oregon, to attend Ember Conf 2017.
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Functions and the Single Responsibility Principle

You’re most likely familiar with the Single Responsibility Principle (SRP)-it’s the S in the SOLID acronym and a cornerstone of many folks’ object-oriented software design guidelines.

If you’re like me though, you’ve pretty much always heard SRP discussed in relation to modules or classes. I had started thinking in an SRP way when writing Clojure functions, but I hadn’t made the mental connection until I read Bob Martin’s recommendation in his Clean Code book.
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Atomic Games 2016 – Connect Four Challenge!

Atomic Object hosted the first Atomic Games in 2015. Our coaches and participants had so much fun with the event that we decided to organize another Games this past October 22. We were humbled by the interest and enthusiasm we saw from students this year, and once again, we really enjoyed running the event.
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BarCamp and Strange Loop

It’s been a while since our last Cell Zero update, and we’ve been very busy!

BarCamp GR

Cell Zero (along with several other Atoms) attended BarCamp GR on Aug 26th and 27th. BarCamp describes itself as “an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment”. The conference has no pre-planned sessions and instead encourages all participants to sign up for a time slot and give a short presentation.

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Atomic Onboarding – What Works in 9 Guidelines

We care deeply about our onboarding process at Atomic. We recognize that work relationships are human relationships and that it’s crucial to demonstrate respect for our new employees, show that we really value them, and that we’re excited to have them joining us. We want to do everything we can to set them up for success. Read more on Atomic Onboarding – What Works in 9 Guidelines…