The Grad’s Dilemma: How I Found a Software Job that Fits

As a student about to graduate from a large, highly competitive Computer Science program, I felt a great deal of pressure from the university and from my peers to follow one of two career paths: Join a start-up and become one of its heroic, high-risk/high-reward founders; or snag one of those coveted, high-paying positions at a Silicon Valley tech behemoth. 
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Your Success Is Our Success – On Symbiosis in Professional Services

We’d be lost without our clients. And I don’t mean that in the obvious way that any company needs revenue to survive. I mean it more figuratively, as in: We wouldn’t know where to go, or why to be together, or, really, why to even exist. Our mission is to pursue success for our clients as if it were our own. Our clients provide the goal that our project teams help reach. It’s a wonderful symbiosis.
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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…

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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Atomic Awarded for Outstanding Workplace Culture

Atomic Object’s offices in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor were each honored with a When Work Works Award last month.

When Work Works is a national initiative that researches effective and flexible workplaces and how they can yield positive business results and help employees succeed. According to When Work Works, effectiveness and flexibility occur when a workplace’s design, practices, and policies benefit both the organization and its employees.

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Navigating Family Emergencies at Atomic with Flexible Scheduling

I recently found myself in a situation where I needed to use an Atomic benefit that isn’t as well codified as some of the others (like vacation time). My wife—who was 31 weeks pregnant at the time—was in a car accident and had to spend a week in the hospital.

When you’re in my position and need to be in the hospital for a week to take care of your significant other, what do you do? Read more on Navigating Family Emergencies at Atomic with Flexible Scheduling…

“Owning It” Every Step of the Way

Building custom software is costly, complicated, and sometimes emotional. A well-executed project must hew to a fine line to navigate many constraints successfully, threading the needle between cost, timing, purpose, user needs, technical constraints, maintainability, extensibility, and operational considerations.

An idea for a product is just the beginning. To find success, you need a broad view of what’s important, the willingness to proactively go above and beyond, and careful planning. We call this collection of attributes “owning it”—personally investing ourselves in the success of our projects and seeing them through to success. Read more on “Owning It” Every Step of the Way…

Three Great Talks at Next Month’s GLSEC 2016

This year’s Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference (GLSEC) will be held Monday, May 16 at GVSU’s Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids. This year’s theme is The Mobile Movement.

GLSEC brings in fantastic local, regional, national, and international speakers. Image credit : SoftwareGR

GLSEC will have fifteen talks this year, spread across three rooms. I won’t be able to attend all of them, but there are three I’d be especially bummed to miss. Read more on Three Great Talks at Next Month’s GLSEC 2016…