Opening Up at Work – Lessons Learned from a Month of Being My Whole Self

Recently, I had an opportunity to tell a lot of individuals how much I appreciate having them in my life. I found it to be a fairly scary experience: What if they thought I was too mushy? What if they didn’t care about me as much as I cared about them? One by one, I had these conversations, and one by one, people told me how happy they were to hear the nice words. Lots of these conversations ended with the two of us reflecting on our friendship, and even feeling more connected than before we had started talking. Read more on Opening Up at Work – Lessons Learned from a Month of Being My Whole Self…

Why “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” Still Resonates

Recently, I’ve read a whole lot of classic self-help-style books: books on having hard conversations, on healthy teams, on influencing people, and the like. Most of them gave roughly the same advice, usually in listicle form: listen to people, think before you speak, be honest, etc.

King of the pop culture self-help books is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I can’t say that I expected much from the book that made “synergy” the cliché business buzzword of our time. I mean, it’s even got a classically clickbait-y title.
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On Becoming a Wizard: Strategies for Keeping Up as a New Developer

I graduated with my computer science degree just over a year ago. I had learned what I thought was a lot about backend, “heavyweight” C-based development, and I assumed I’d be using those skills on the job, while learning new things that were unique to the consulting trade. I had a few acquaintances who were web developers, and I’d come to think of web development as a lightweight version of what I’d learned in school. This turned out not to be the case.
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Atomic at MICWIC 2017: Connecting with Our Peers

Recently, Atomic has been talking about what we can do to support our women developers and continue to increase our gender diversity. In addition to recruiting from the next wave of awesome new graduates coming out of our local schools, we’re also looking for ways to connect with other women developers in our area to share experiences and ideas.
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The Case for the Camera: Tips for a More Productive Remote Team

We know that a great deal of human communication is nonverbal in nature. We use our faces and bodies to express ideas and feelings that we just can’t get across via text or speech alone, and we interpret those same unconscious signals coming from others.
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More Than a Policy – What Dealing with Workplace Harassment Looks Like

Atomic does a great job of cultivating a healthy work environment within our own building. We’ve got strong core values, great people, and high expectations for kindness, respect, and community. We don’t often need to exercise our policies around harassment, workplace sexism, or other forms of mistreatment.

However, despite our best efforts to find collaborators who fit our culture well, we don’t always have full knowledge or control over the people we’ll be working with.

So, what do we do when something does go wrong?
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Developing Accessible Software: Better Navigation with Skip Links

We’ve talked about how to start following the principles of accessibility. Now we’re going to dig into the nuts and bolts with a real-life example of one of the simplest ways to save time and tedium for users working with assistive technologies. Today, we’re talking about skip links.
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Designing Accessible Software – Breaking Down WCAG 2.0

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) offer a short list of focal areas for website design that can also be applied to software design in general. Here, I’ll break down the four categories of guidelines in WCAG 2.0 and offer some suggestions on how to plan for and evaluate them when designing software.
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Building Accessible Software – a Primer

Imagine, for a moment, that you are a computer user with a disability. You might have impaired vision or hearing, or limited motor control. How do you go about using your computer? How would the way that you use technology be affected if you didn’t see your laptop screen, or didn’t hear notification sounds? Read more on Building Accessible Software – a Primer…