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…

Working at a Socially Responsible Company

There are a ton of reasons that I am grateful to be an Atom. We are a company with employee ownership. We are a company that writes excellent software and understands how to design that software. We are a company with a flat organizational structure. They’re all great characteristics, but one of my favorite (though admittedly, under the radar) aspects of working at Atomic is how socially responsible we are as an organization.
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What Makes Atomic Object Different? A Six-Month Retrospective

As I approach the completion of my first six months at Atomic Object, I wanted to take a step back and reflect on working here. The switch to Atomic was a big change for me—moving from the automotive-embedded space at a very large company to the consumer-facing web/mobile domain at a small company presented some major contrasts in technology and environment. Read more on What Makes Atomic Object Different? A Six-Month Retrospective…

Brittany Hunter on Tinkering, Learning Latin, and Design as Problem Solving

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

Meet Brittany Hunter: dressage rider, violinist, and software designer at Atomic Object. I recently sat down with Brittany to learn what drew her to software design, how she got there, and where she thinks the industry is going. Read more on Brittany Hunter on Tinkering, Learning Latin, and Design as Problem Solving…

Atomic Teach and Learn: Now at Hope College

In my early days at Atomic, before Teach and Learn became a Core Atomic Value, its practice was already in full swing. My first months were spent having vim commands barked at me from Dave Crosby while trying to figure out how to build good software. I was very much on the learning side of Teach and Learn.

Nowadays, more than a dozen years later, I’m tipping the scales in the other direction: I’ve started teaching this fall at Hope College.
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‘Holding Space’ for Each Other at Work

I have answered a lot of questions about Atomic Object since I started working here over 2 years ago. Since I am one of only a few Atoms with no technical background, “What do you do there?”  is the single most frequent. In truth, I still struggle for the most succinct answer to this question. My business card reads Office Coordinator, but my favorite descriptions have come from other people:

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Atoms on “Give a Shit” – the Quintessential Atomic Value

When we ask clients or interviewees to name their favorite Atomic value, most say, “Give a shit.” It’s pretty unusual as corporate values go (they’re usually more like “quality” and “service”), so I always assumed that’s why it stands out.

But now I’m not so sure. The experience of writing these posts has shown me that “give a shit” isn’t just the most unusual Atomic value, it’s also the quintessential Atomic value. Read more on Atoms on “Give a Shit” – the Quintessential Atomic Value…