In the wake of the current pandemic, Atomic Object has moved to working remotely. As a Delivery Lead, it’s my job to ensure that projects are being managed and work is being completed at an ongoing pace. I have to make sure that my teams are free of blockers and have work lined up and […]
At Atomic Object, our culture is defined by a handful of company values. These values drive our collective success by creating close-knit, on-site teams. When a coworker recently announced they were moving back to their home state, I was surprised at how applicable these values were to the way we handled the change. Act Transparently […]
There are many times I have wanted to show certain coworkers how much I care. Sometimes they have gone above and beyond to make my work more enjoyable, and sometimes I just want to appreciate their daily contributions to a team or the office. On the flip side, sometimes they are having a really rough […]
I took a gap year later in life and worked at an auto shop while I contemplated my next career move. It was really interesting to work in an industry that was completely different from technology. One of the most fascinating things was seeing how patterns of work evolved at the shop. They mimicked many […]
Sometimes, the problem is that things are just fine. I love to ask the question, “What’s the problem we’re trying to solve?” It encourages us to frame the problem better or to seek clarity that will lead to a productive conversation. But sometimes, trying to answer that question has stumped me because it forces me […]
Estimating work is helpful for managing teams and planning for the future. But working through every nuance to provide an estimate can cause frustration and be time-consuming.
I recently worked with a client who was extremely frustrated with deadlines that seemed to come from nowhere, made no sense to him, and didn’t fit with his idea of Scrum as a methodology. He believed that according to Agile/Scrum, “the business” was not allowed to give deadlines to development teams. Scrum, he believed, allowed […]