Three Ways I’ve Adopted the “Teach and Learn” Lifestyle

Here at Atomic Object, we have a passion to continue learning and sharing knowledge with fellow Atoms. Whether this means researching a new technology, attending a conference, or holding a brown bag discussion during lunch, we’re constantly seeking to explore new ideas and topics. This desire and drive to learn is described by one of Atomic’s six values: Teach and Learn. Read more on Three Ways I’ve Adopted the “Teach and Learn” Lifestyle…

Announcing the 2017 Atomic Games!

It’s time for our third annual Atomic Games! This programming challenge provides a great learning opportunity for college students and a chance to interview with Atomic in a fun, low-pressure environment. We were delighted by student interest and enthusiastic participation in last year’s Games, and we have some key enhancements for 2017.

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Reflecting on the Atomic Accelerator’s First Year

I’m very excited to welcome our second Accelerator cohort this summer. This milestone provided a natural opportunity for introspection on the first year of the program. We’re very pleased with the expected–and surprising–successes of the program. We’ve also made some changes based on what we’ve learned from the first year. Read more on Reflecting on the Atomic Accelerator’s First Year…

Making Unexpected Friends at Work by Prepping for External Events

When I joined Atomic many years ago, it was a small group of tight-knit developers. With fewer than 10 developers working in an open office environment, it was easy to build and maintain a sense of camaraderie. Now that the number of Atoms is around 60, it’s not so easy to get to know one another. We’ve done many experiments to help build and foster the family feeling here at AO, but we’re always looking to improve. Read more on Making Unexpected Friends at Work by Prepping for External Events…

Atomic Awarded for Being a Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace

Just in time for National Breastfeeding Awareness month, Atomic Object received a gold-level Michigan Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Award. The distinction, awarded by the Michigan Breastfeeding Network, acknowledges organizations that demonstrate support for women who may need to express breast milk while at work. Read more on Atomic Awarded for Being a Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace…

Atomic Grand Rapids Welcomes its 2017 Accelerator Cohort

Five new makers have joined Atomic’s Grand Rapids office as part of the Atomic Accelerator—a professional development program for newly-graduated developers. I asked each to tell me a little about themselves and to share their first impressions of Atomic Object and the Accelerator program. Read more on Atomic Grand Rapids Welcomes its 2017 Accelerator Cohort…

Atomic Welcomes Kelly & Mary to Operations Team

In addition to the 50-or-so designers, developers, and delivery leads who make software products for our clients, Atomic has another 10 employees who keep things running behind the scenes.

Two new Atoms joined the operations team this spring: Kelly Daniels in Ann Arbor and Mary DeYoung in Grand Rapids. I asked them to tell me a little about themselves and to share their favorite things about Atomic Object so far. Read more on Atomic Welcomes Kelly & Mary to Operations Team…

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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Atomic Ann Arbor Welcomes its First Accelerator Group: Cell Alpha

After the Grand Rapids office’s successful launch of the Accelerator Program, an accelerated professional development program for newly-graduated developers, we launched our own program in Ann Arbor. This spring, Cell Alpha (the first cohort of the Ann Arbor Atomic Accelerator) joined the office. I asked each of them to tell me a little about themselves and discuss their first few weeks on board. Read more on Atomic Ann Arbor Welcomes its First Accelerator Group: Cell Alpha…