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Software is a slash and burn industry

Any industry that wants to be sustainable must think long term. In the timber industry they need to worry about the future availability of trees, for fisheries they need to think about fish - you get the point. If any industry does not pay attention to replenishing the font of its raw materials, this is an industry that is setting itself up for major problems. Don't replant trees or don't allow fisheries time to replenish themselves and things are going to end badly.  Seen through this lens,…
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder
February 10, 2017
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Building Departments from Scratch: From Project Management to Client Services.

Metal Toad, I would like to congratulate you for one year of project management consistency, one year without turnover in the project management department. This is a cause for celebration! Raise your glass filled with the libation of your choice and high-five your neighbor. Leading this team and building this department fills me with pride when I reflect on 2016.
By Hayli Hay, Director of Client Services
February 9, 2017

Choose Your Own Adventure: Presenting Multiple Scenarios to Meet Client Needs

In the summer of 2016, I was asked to fill some big shoes. The product owner for the team supporting one of our biggest clients decided to move on,  the client wasn't particularly happy, and the delivery team was facing a large and challenging backlog with a fast approaching deadline. I was asked to step in as the product owner/project manager/account manager all while continuing to lead the project management department. Sounds like a fun summer, right?
By Hayli Hay, Director of Client Services
January 23, 2017
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Off boarding should be more important than on boarding

  There is so much talk and there are so many articles posted of people showing gratitude for the welcome they received on their first day at a new company. Desks with brand new laptops or car keys – it’s honestly pretty cool. It is important that companies make new employees feel welcomed, particularly by presenting the tools they need to do their job. I also love that companies are trying to make a great first impression.
By Tim Winner, Senior Vice President
January 18, 2017
Oregon Business Magazine 100 Best Companies to Work For

Metal Toad announced as one of the Best 100 Companies to Work for in Oregon!

We are excited to share that Oregon Business Magazine recently acknowledged Metal Toad, based on our application and employee survey, as one of the 2017 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon.
By Jenny Berkedal, Director of Employee Experience (HR + Recruiting)
January 12, 2017

Removing batch operations in Symfony Sonata model list forms

When building out a web project in Symfony that needed CMS capabilities, we quickly turned to the excellent Sonata Admin Bundle. At it’s core, it provided us with a way to quickly generate an admin interface for all of the entities that need to be created and updated by site administrators.
By Jon Duell, Senior Developer
December 20, 2016
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History of Computer Girls, Part 2: Margaret!

I've been going around town giving a talk on the history of women in computers.  During my research, I came across so very many women I’d never heard of before, but who had made indelible marks on the history of computing.  I decided to write a blog series about these amazing software pioneers who just happen to be women.  But I didn’t just want the blogs to be boring old history lessons. Instead, I wanted to give examples and do research on the actual code these pioneers made. 
By Morgan Senkal, Senior Developer
November 22, 2016
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Launching Meyer Memorial Trust in Drupal 8

We are proud to announce the launch of the new Meyer Memorial Trust site! Built in Drupal 8, the site demonstrates a true local collaboration between Meyer Memorial Trust, design partner Smith & Connors and Metal Toad.
By Tami Geiger, Project Manager
November 21, 2016
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A Case for Agency Project Managers to Get Their PMP

Consider your credentials Depending on your industry, you may or may not be aware of the Project Management Institute (PMI) or their Project Management Professional (PMP) credential. Working in the software agency space, it wasn’t particularly on my radar either. ScrumMaster certification sure, but nothing quite so broad and traditional as a PMP. Like many project managers/producers in the tech industry, I just didn’t consider that the kinds of certifications PMs get in big companies had…
By Arthur Lender, Senior Project Manager
November 18, 2016
Toad messages: Black Lives Matter, I Love My Toads, and Us over Me or We

We Are Toads

We are Toads We play Foosball and Towerfall We are Spies and Resistance We are parents and partners We are he and she and they We are bootcamp graduates and hold CS degrees We are drinkers of coffee and kombucha, LaCroix and IPAs
By Angela Riggs, QA Engineer / FunOps
November 15, 2016