Respecting the Value of Face Time

The way we interact and work with others has changed drastically over the past few decades. Email, chat, and teleconferencing have bridged huge gaps of geography and facilitated us to work across boundaries.

This flexibility has allowed individuals to work from home so they can tend a sick child or deal with other real-life complications. Work/life balance is tough, but these advances in technology have helped bridge the gap. While all of today’s communication options come in handy, there’s still real value in face-to-face communication. In this post, I’ll suggest when in-person meetings are helpful and offer some tips about how to conduct them.
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“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…

Introducing a 6th Atomic Value: “Think Long Term”

We’re expanding our company values to include “Think Long Term.”

Articulating our values is a team effort. Read Carl’s post “Company culture maintenance: Adding a 6th Atomic value” to learn how we got here.

Following through on our values is also a team effort. I wanted to know how Atoms defined “Think Long Term,” so I asked them. Below are some of their answers. Read more on Introducing a 6th Atomic Value: “Think Long Term”…

How Pair Lunches Encourage Diversity & Bring Atoms Together

Atomic Object offers some great benefits to its employees, but my favorite is pair lunch. The rules of pair lunch are simple: Any two Atoms can go out for lunch, and AO will cover the bill. Pair as often as you’d like, as long as you don’t lunch with the same person twice in one month. Read more on How Pair Lunches Encourage Diversity & Bring Atoms Together…

Justin Kulesza on Containerization, the Appeal of Variety, and Building a Reputation as an Expert

Meet Justin Kulesza: generalist, hardcore cross-country skier, and Operations Engineer at Atomic Object. I recently sat down with Justin Kulesza to learn about his job building the invisible infrastructure of a software company. Read more on Justin Kulesza on Containerization, the Appeal of Variety, and Building a Reputation as an Expert…

Phil Kirkham on Puzzles, Accidental Career Changes, and the Paradox of Testing

This is the fourth in a series of interviews with Atomic makers.

Meet Phil Kirkham: kerning expert, chipmunk photographer, and software tester at Atomic Object. I recently sat down with Phil to learn about testing, what drew him to it, and where he sees it going. Read more on Phil Kirkham on Puzzles, Accidental Career Changes, and the Paradox of Testing…

What the Heck Is an “Atomic Object”?

You may have noticed that Atomic Object has a pretty cool name. In fact, we’ve received phone calls from people just wondering what it is we do (no doubt speculating whether we’re a Michigan-based version of CERN).

Unsurprisingly, our company name is rooted in two computer science concepts—Atomicity and Objects. Read more on What the Heck Is an “Atomic Object”?…

Jeanette Head on Empathy, Being Ignored, and the Do-it-Yourself Future of Development

This is the third in a series of interviews with Atomic makers.

Meet Jeanette Head: snowboarder, Girl Develop It teacher, and software developer at Atomic Object. I recently sat down with Jeanette to learn what drew her to development, the special challenges she faces, and why she loves to teach people to code. Read more on Jeanette Head on Empathy, Being Ignored, and the Do-it-Yourself Future of Development…

Jason Porritt on Perseverance, Developers as Authors, and How Writing Software is Like Making Music

This is the second in a series of interviews with Atomic makers.

Meet Jason Porritt: car racing hobbyist, soon-to-be father, and software developer at Atomic Object. I recently sat down with Jason to talk about how he became the developer he is today and why he still loves making software. Read more on Jason Porritt on Perseverance, Developers as Authors, and How Writing Software is Like Making Music…