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The Sprint Commitment as a Dev Team’s Shield

I was thrilled when I first learned and began applying Agile software development practices. Finally, I was able to get off the painful cycle of being forced by upper management to come up with and commit to long term schedules based on inaccurate estimates due too little real information.
By Matthew McLuckie, Director of Development

Anatomy of a Drupalgeddon attack

Before working at Metal Toad, I saw an email from Acquia. A strange email. It went something like this:  On October 15th, we will be addressing a security concern at 9:00 am. Hmm. That's interesting. I don't remember getting an email about security updates like this. As with any CMS, there are constant security updates as new (and sometimes exotic) vulnerabilities are found. 
By Mike Purvis, Developer
Team huddle

The Softer Side of Scrum

Many of the folks reading this blog are already familiar with Agile Software Development (a.k.a. Agile). Maybe your organization already uses Agile methodology, or maybe you’re considering adopting one of its many variations into your company’s workflow.
By Arthur Lender, Project Manager
Developer, a woman of color, working on her Mac

Creating Culture

A few weeks ago, I joined some of my Toads at the first TechTown Change Agents, an event put on by Portland Development Commission to talk about how we can bring diversity, inclusion, and equity to our workplaces. One of the most interesting conversations revolved around the topic of culture. What makes up a company’s culture? How can a company show their culture?
By Angela Riggs, QA Engineer

A YAGNI ReactJS Architecture: Part 1

The Why React is awesome. 11/10. In my opinion, the best UI library currently in the ecosystem. It streamlines UI componentization, reusability, UI state, and a ton of other client side headaches devs have been mitigating for years. React's greatest flaw, in my opinion, isn't even really a React flaw as much as a "new stuff hype" flaw, where the infrastructure surrounding React changes almost hourly and can be extremely difficult to keep up with. What libraries are required, which ones will…
By Alex Banks, Senior Developer
Lunch meeting

Allies in the Crusade to Create More Entry-Level Software Jobs

It's always great to meet with kindred spirits, and today was a great connection. My lunch today with Toto Vo, Dan Blaisdell and Jason Bakke gives me great hope that we are moving forward with our promise of creating more entry-level opportunity in the tech spec.
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder
The Story of Hayli Hay, Our Director of Project Management

Process Maps, Timelines, & Clients

As Metal Toad’s Director of Project Management, Hayli Hay’s got her hands full.
By Michelle Udem, Project Manager
Teens with laptops

Anyone Can Program

Anyone with a child under the age of 19 knows that "anyone can cook".  Thanks to Ratatouille and the folks at Pixar, a whole generation of chefs has been inspired and emboldened.  As someone working in the software industry, I have a similar vision and it is this: anyone can program.
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder
Revisiting First Mover (Dis)Advantage

Revisiting First Mover (Dis)Advantage

In 2001, the Harvard Business Review published “First Mover Disadvantage” by William Boulding and Markus Christen. They made the case against what was traditionally seen as one of the greatest aspects of competitive advantage….and I loved it.
By Nate Rupert, Marketing Manager
illustration of a T-shirt

Why I Love T-Shirt Sizing

My husband and I are involved in a never-ending construction project that takes us to wonderful Portland businesses solely in search of odd things. A few months ago, we went to the stone yard. At one end of the stone yard were the boulders. They were big. Big enough that it was hard for me to conceive of anybody buying a boulder, because where would they put it? Other stones were arranged in progressively smaller sizes, from boulder down to dust. Which got me thinking about sizing, and about…
By Victoria Blake, Director of Product Management