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Client Escalations - A Chance to Shine

When your client escalates an issue to your organization, it can be very stressful, but it can also be a chance to shine as an organization if the escalation is handled quickly and professionally.  There is no way an organization of people can always be perfect, so the question really becomes is your organization one that can learn from its mistakes, handle others mistakes professionally, and focuses on solution vs. blame.
By Matthew McLuckie, Director of Development

The Problem with Scope Creep in an Agile Shop

Scope creep is a huge risk factor to a project going off the rails. It’s also diabolically difficult to measure.
By Victoria Blake, Director of Product Management

Two Years of Great Advice

A little over two years ago we set off to level up our company through the creation of an Advisory Board.  Always the type who like to get things right, we did a little research and set out to find the most amazing candidates that we could convince to join our board.
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder

Best Practices For a Secure Cloud Part 1

Whether you’re running on premise datacenter, using a private or public IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) hosting platform, security is extremely important. We’ve all seen the horror stories in the news when companies experience data security breaches. The fact of the matter is no one wants to end up in this position and there are tons of bad actors on the internet that have malicious intent.
By Rich Staats, Cloud Engineer
UX Immersion: Interactions 2016 Conference - Part 1

UX Immersion: Interactions 2016 Conference - Part 1

This year I had the pleasure of attending the UX Immersion: Interactions Conference held on April 18–20, 2016 in San Diego. Positioned as “A UX Conference Unlike Any Other” I was thrilled and eager to participate in the different workshops and featured talks. It was an incredible learning experience with some of the most talented UX leaders speaking at the conference.
By Corinna Gelster-Borgardt, Creative Director
Thinking bigger

Five Tips to Start Thinking Bigger

It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day at work.  In any modern workplace, the pace of life is fast and getting swept up in things that need to happen now is the rule rather than the exception. So how do we avoid moving from one fire to the next? How can we level-up to think of things that are farther reaching than our day-to-day?  Here are some hard-learned lessons I've drawn from my life and time in business.
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder

Thank You Frontline Software Development Managers

While I could applaud many of the excellent VP and CTOs in technology, I would like us all to take a moment to give thanks to some unsung heros…. The Frontline Software Development Managers.   These brave souls either volunteered, or in many cases were “voluntold”, to go from being responsible for their own excellence to being also accountable for bringing out the excellence of their direct reports.
By Matthew McLuckie, Director of Development

Search by Content Type in Drupal 8 - a custom module tutorial

Note: this code has been tested in Drupal 8.0 and 8.1 At the time of this writing, the Search API module is still in alpha phase. A note from the module maintainers warn that it is unstable. This blog post serves as a way to learn how to write a simple Drupal 8 module to modify Drupal 8's core search without using the Search API module.
By Mike Purvis, Developer

A YAGNI ReactJS Architecture: Part 2

Review In part 1 (A YAGNI React Architecture: Part 1) we discussed a desire to configure a working React website with as few addons as possible. The post ended with the creation of a basic Webpack config, which left us with a project structure like this:
By Alex Banks, Senior Developer

Showing Up for Our Clients: Why Nothing Beats a Face-to-Face Meeting

I’m currently on my way home from two weeks of back to back east coast travel. It’s not because I love ten-hour travel days and the resulting jet lag, it’s because I love our clients. These trips have made me realize how excellent Metal Toads clients are and how we were neglecting to show up for them. You know that feeling when you get so busy and heads down in the day-to-day, you look up and say “hey, where did everybody go?” That’s what happened to us this past quarter.
By Hayli Hay, Director of Project Management