Now that I am halfway through the second year of my career, I have been reflecting on what I wish I had known at the beginning of this year. The second year at Atomic looks different for everyone. Some see new projects and new opportunities. Some are suddenly thrust into team roles with more responsibility […]
Pair programming is fantastic. And daunting. It’s one of the most effective ways to build high-quality code quickly and efficiently in a flexible way. But your first time pairing can be terrifying. If solo programming is like making your own lunch in the morning, switching to pair programming can feel like being asked to make […]
Recently, I read Amy Jen Su’s new book, The Leader You Want to Be: Five Essential Principles for Bringing Out Your Best Self–Every Day. An experienced executive coach and productivity expert, she shares principles for how to be effective and more energized. This includes finding “in-flow” days and recognizing and recovering when things are out […]
All I’ve ever wanted to do when it came to my career was work from home or have the opportunity to work remotely. Coming into my job at Atomic Object, it wasn’t a given that I would get that chance. But that was fine because I live so close to work and there’s great company […]
There are many times I have wanted to show certain coworkers how much I care. Sometimes they have gone above and beyond to make my work more enjoyable, and sometimes I just want to appreciate their daily contributions to a team or the office. On the flip side, sometimes they are having a really rough […]
In February 2019, I gave birth to my first child. It has been a wonderful, exciting, exhausting, crazy time. I am the third woman and first maker to have a baby while working at Atomic. I wanted to share some of my experiences because, despite reading pretty much every article about parenting on the entire […]
Maybe they told you over lunch or on a coffee walk. Perhaps they asked everyone to hang on a second just after your team standup. Or you just read the company-wide email they sent. Regardless of how you heard, the fact is that your coworker, whom you may have known with a different name and/or […]
Maybe it’s controversial to say, but work isn’t always the most interesting. Sometimes, you fall into a routine where you feel stuck. Other times, your project has slowed down, or the work has become too easy. Your client struggles to give you more work, or your team runs out of interesting problems to solve.
I was struck by something I read on a social media platform about the “OK, Boomer” meme. What am I, as a member of a younger generation, doing to assure that at some point down the road, I don’t have “OK, Millennial” thrown back in my face?
This fall, I had the opportunity to attend and speak at Midwest UX. The conference was well organized, offered a great experience as both an attendee and speaker, and showcased the city (and home of our AO HQ) of Grand Rapids!