Four Steps for Resolving Conflict with a Team Member

Conflict seems to be an inevitable part of human interaction. How we handle it can make a real difference in our stress levels, career opportunities, project outcomes, and the quality of our relationships. We ask all our employees to build strong conflict resolution skills, and books like Crucial Conversations and Difficult Conversations are required reading […]

6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Remote Sprint Retrospective

Like many companies, Atomic is currently operating remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While software design and development are certainly possible in a fully-remote context, there are a few meetings and tasks that can be more difficult when you can’t be in the same room as your teammates. The sprint retrospective is one of them. […]

4 Product Management Concepts to Use on Your Next Software Product

There are many different philosophies and management styles when it comes to developing a new product. Knowing and incorporating different concepts will help you continue to grow as a technical product owner and will increase your ability to successfully build, deploy, and manage software. In this post, I’ll introduce four concepts that I’ve used in […]

Improving All-Remote Team Decision Making with “Request For Comments”

Our team’s process for discussing and making significant technical decisions was broken. As the tech lead, I wasn’t getting the feedback I wanted. Some team members were concerned about being excluded from the work, and the thought of running lengthy video meetings to discuss the pending decisions wasn’t something anyone relished. We needed a change. […]

Just Phoning it In? 4 Ways to Keep Daily Remote Standup Calls Valuable

Many teams have recently faced the challenge of transitioning to remote work. Our existing Scrum ceremonies have helped make this shift easier for my project teams. Starting the day with an intentional check-in is already a habit, thanks to our daily standups. But it’s far from “business as usual.” As Zoom fatigue mounts and the […]