Three Ways to Build Up New Teammates as a Technical Mentor

As Atomic continues to grow via our Accelerator program, our core value of Teach and Learn is putting some heavy emphasis on Teach. One of our first graduates from the program was feeling nervous about being a mentor to someone new. They asked me for advice and, thinking back on 10 years of working in software at Atomic and training new people, I came up with a list of big things to keep in mind when working with new developers. Read more on Three Ways to Build Up New Teammates as a Technical Mentor…

What Is a Software Designer, and How Can You Become One?

I frequently get questions from traditional graphic design students, inquiring about what being a software designer is like. They want to know more about what I do and what they can do to get their foot in the door as a software maker. The answer to both of those questions can get complicated, but I think I’ve gotten fairly good at boiling it down. Read more on What Is a Software Designer, and How Can You Become One?…

Three Questions to Ask Your New Pair (and Yourself!)

At Atomic, we pair pragmatically. During an eight-hour work day, we may have an hour or two of other appointments or schedule mismatch, plus two hours for lunch, breaks, time spent cranking out menial tasks on our own, etc. We’ll call it around five hours of pairing on an average day. That’s a lot of time to be dealing with each other!

Working that closely with just one other person on hard problems all day long can get really draining, really fast. As with any good relationship, we’re going to need to put some work into this to make it fun, healthy, and productive for both halves of the pair. Read more on Three Questions to Ask Your New Pair (and Yourself!)…

Early Career Advice: Optimize for Continued Learning

Five years into your career, you’ve already learned a lot. You’ve learned more about how you work best, what you enjoy, where you’re strong, and where you could use some growth. You’ve learned how to do your job, and you’re getting good at it (if you do say so yourself). You’re also probably starting to look at what the next five years will look like—what opportunities you have ahead of you or how you might use your skills in a different way. Read more on Early Career Advice: Optimize for Continued Learning…

Choosing a Conference in 2018? Four Questions to Ask Yourself

Here at Atomic Object, we get a great perk—we can go to a conference a year! Atomic takes care of attendance fees, lodging, and travel and compensates us for our time. Now that 2018 is here, it’s time to start making plans. We all have busy schedules and competing priorities. In a crowded conference marketplace, how do you determine the right conference to attend? Read more on Choosing a Conference in 2018? Four Questions to Ask Yourself…

Software Dev. Career, Year One: Expectations vs. Reality

Somehow, it’s been over a year since I first began working at Atomic Object. The last 12 months have flown by, and my one year “AO-versary” really sneaked up on me. With this small-yet-notable career achievement unlocked, I thought I would take a look back on how things have gone.
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