Before starting as a marketing intern at Metal Toad a couple weeks ago, I was absolutely terrified. That had nothing to do with Metal Toad itself and everything to do with my lack of experience and fear of failure. I bet that sounds familiar to some of you, right?
May 22, 2017
We just completed a huge, deep, complex, and super sexy Discovery for a client I can’t name. But I can say that the timing was tight, the expectations were high, the info going in was murky, and the result at the end was, as our VP of Engineering likes to say, “baller level ten.”
May 18, 2017
At Metal Toad, where self-organizing and self-managing teams are encouraged (and even preferred), there is a lot of room and trust for individuals to make change. Because of this empowerment, I’ve had the privilege to try out and implement changes. Not all of my attempts have been successful, and some have benefitted from iteration, but it’s pretty cool to know that the opportunity to affect change is something that’s offered and supported here.
May 17, 2017
What was the impetus that made us consider unlimited PTO? For me it is simple. We trust employees with our brand and our clients — why treat PTO any differently? At Metal Toad we hire adults and treat them like adults. We have been offering unlimited PTO for three years now with great results and really no issues. On the other hand, we have saved thousand of dollars, time, and headaches not administering a PTO policy.
May 16, 2017
As a non-techie in a tech world, job searching can be hard. Really hard. Add a recently minted liberal arts degree and a love for good books and long papers, and the probability of landing anything but a phone screen at most major companies is virtually eliminated. This is what I thought as I applied for job after job after job, wondering the entire time, what is it that I wanted to do again?
May 15, 2017
Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by one of our vendor partners, RFPIO, to chat about RFP response. Since using RFPIO, my team has enjoyed many benefits that have streamlined our approach to RFPs and contracts while greatly improving productivity. In this podcast interview, I share how Metal Toad is using RFP software to respond with greater efficiency and effectiveness. I also offer some great tips to help my fellow RFP responders be better at what they do!
May 5, 2017
We live in a man-made (or woman-made) world. Everything not sprung by nature was created by a human and has been designed. Whether it was well designed or poorly designed makes a difference, whether we are consciously aware of it or not. As humans, we know — we feel — when something has been well designed. We interact differently with something that has been well designed. We’re intrigued — we want more. When something is not well designed, it has the opposite effect. We grow frustrated, we…
April 21, 2017
I have worked with dozens of projects over my career, on platforms ranging from Drupal to Yii to Django to AngularJS to ASP.NET. Most of them have had a good, solid strategy for how to manage their Git repositories. A few notable ones have not. Here are a few things I've learned for how to manage your repository to ensure a successful project.
April 11, 2017
At the start of this three-part series on website costs, I answered the questions of how much a website costs, and then called out migration and missing features as additional expense areas that are often overlooked. A good framework for most people to help understand these costs is to look at buying a website like buying a house. After you've bought it you still have to move into it (website migration costs) and maintain the house over time.
April 11, 2017
In my last article, I addressed the age old question "how much does a website cost?" from the standpoint of initial purchase. Like purchasing a house, prices are all over the map, and perhaps more importantly the initial purchase price of a website does not include the cost of content migration from the old website or the cost of ongoing maintenance. This is a lot like buying a new house: buying the house doesn't include moving costs or home maintenance.
April 6, 2017