Consulting Under Pressure

Every developer has had late nights of debugging seemingly impossible problems. And every consultant has been through crucial conversations explaining their reasoning for tough decisions. Those of us who are software developers and consultants get all the highs and lows of both. High-pressure consulting situations can be tricky to navigate in the heat of the […]

Adapting Design Thinking Methods to a Team’s Cultural Dimensions

When you start incorporating design thinking into a business, you usually bring more than practices. Why? The methods of design thinking are rooted in collaboration, out-of-the-box thinking, and taking measured risks. And at some companies, these attitudes are downplayed, or even outright discouraged. Bringing design thinking into a company like this can be very challenging. […]

Goal Planning Not Working? Try an Approach that Fits your Persona

We’re told that goal planning is an important tool for professional development. Goals focus our attention and energy, and they inform our choices. But what if goal planning isn’t working for you? We’re typically encouraged to pick a desirable destination a few years out, then break the journey down into manageable steps. What if you […]

How to Prototype Quickly: Six Tips for Light-Speed Programming

I’ve completed a few projects that involved prototyping software in a very short timeframe. This situation can differ drastically from the normal pace of agile projects because results and certainty have to be prioritized above long-term considerations. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to push code out quickly (and won’t be […]

UIScrollView with Content Layout Guides

UIScrollView has gone through some major improvements. Starting with iOS 11, Apple introduced content and frame layout guides to make it a little less confusing to configure the content inside of your scroll view. Xcode 11 also added these layout guides to interface builder. Today, I’ll show you how to use content and frame layout […]

Six More JetBrains Shortcuts & How to Combine Them for a Better Workflow

Two years ago, a coworker wrote a Spin post on Seven JetBrains shortcuts. Once you get used to using them and combining them, they significantly improve workflow. So here are a few more I find useful, plus how you can use them together. More JetBrains Shortcuts Duplicate with ⌘D ⌘D is useful when you have […]

How We Practice Open-book Management at Atomic

I recently got to hear Jack Stack tell his inspirational story of working for, purchasing, and turning around a failing division of International Harvester. The new entity that he helped create, SRC Holdings Corporation, is 100% Employee-Owned and still thriving today. Jack helped enable the turnaround at SRC by taking the time and effort to […]
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