What’s software design? It’s about making technology easier and more valuable for people to use. Professional software designers do far more than “make software pretty.” They make sure that software works for people.
At Atomic, we expect every member of a project team to be a consultant. That means everyone should: Understand the big picture and how their work fits in. Collaborate with the client to help them make smart decisions. Feel personally responsible for helping the client succeed. Our teams are structured to that end, with four […]
The idea of a “massive MVP” is an oxymoron. How can a Minimum Viable Product end up taking a team of up to ten people a year and over a million dollars to build? And yet, I’ve seen a number of organizations—usually enterprise companies—building massive MVPs. Clearly, there’s confusion between how the term MVP is […]
You’re about to replace an old software system with a custom-built one that can do a whole lot more. Great! You’ll finally have software that truly fits the needs of your organization. You want to get the most out of this new system, but you’re not sure how. My first piece of advice? Get rid […]
As each company grows, it faces different challenges. Some of these hurdles follow known patterns related to where the company is in its evolution. For example, early-stage companies founded by a strong entrepreneur often get to a point where the founder becomes overwhelmed with too many competing demands. Companies that have experienced rapid growth can […]
Rewriting your organization’s current software is a huge undertaking. It can be intimidating and cause uncertainty, especially for those who are more averse to change. A pilot is a helpful exercise during any software development process, but especially so during a rewrite where the scope is very large. A pilot allows you to test the […]
You won’t see titles like Project Manager, Scrum Master, or Account Manager on an Atomic project team roster. Instead, you’ll see a Delivery Lead, a role we introduced to give our clients a streamlined experience as they work with our teams. Here’s a quick overview of what an Atomic Delivery Lead does and how to […]
If you’re doing a major rewrite of an existing app, you may be hoping to simply duplicate the existing app’s basic features. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Your users have come to rely on the set of features they use in your current app. And if they can’t accomplish all the same tasks/goals as they […]
I admire the pursuit of perfection. Think of athletes, artists, and musicians who dedicate their lives to continual self-improvement—to becoming experts. One thing every expert knows is that striving for perfection is a process. You have to be willing to fall short, learn, and try again. You wouldn’t refuse to run in a race until […]
Commercialization is focused on scaling your product and growing value. Since this is the first major product offering for your company, it’s also about creating a viable long-term entity.