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Teams Make Their Sprint Commitment

One cornerstone of scrum is the team sprint commitment. A team must make their sprint commitment in order for the business to have faith in the team and agile process, to allow predictability of dates, and for team truly to perform as a team vs. a set of individuals. I want to explore some of the reasons why teams don’t make their commitments and what the teams can do to avoid missing their commitments in each case.
By Matthew McLuckie, Director of Development
December 3, 2015

Community Building: Women in Tech

I made a new friend the other day. Her name is Megan Wilson. She lives in Kentucky. She emailed me. And she shares the same passion around workplace gender equality in tech as I do. Megan's email alerted me to some research she has done around the gender gap in tech and its detriments. A number of things really jumped out at me on the following infographic and, with permission, I've shared it below. Namely:
By Randi King, Director of People
December 2, 2015

Stand up for Best Practices

To deliver quality products, everyone involved with the development process must be willing to stand up and take a stance against not following best practices.
By Matthew McLuckie, Director of Development
November 12, 2015

Brand Strategy Planning Tips for a New Year

3 Fundamental Underpinnings for Successful Brand Planning The year of our Lord Vader 2016 is nearly upon us. As marketers, we’ve begun to wrap up our expense forecasting, industry audits, departmental expansion plans, and our Star Wars marathons in preparation for Episode 7: The Force Awakens.
By Nate Rupert, Marketing Manager
November 10, 2015

WordPress Deployments: Example of Database Changes in Code

How do you update the database of a WordPress site that's already in production without a lengthy content freeze or losing your client's data? If you've searched the Metal Toad blog, and who among us hasn't, you know from an earlier post by Chris Svajlenka that you should make any changes to the WordPress database via code; code that you can version control, code that you can deploy, code that you can reproduce.
By Monika Spielman, Junior Developer
November 6, 2015
Toadcast 033

Toadcast 033

For Toadcast 33, I talk with Metal Toad's Director of People about diversity in Tech, Portland, and Metal Toad Check out the Podcast on iTunes ! If there are any questions you'd like to hear answered in our developer profile todcasts, comment below and we will add it to the show.
By Steve Winters, Cloud Services Manager
November 5, 2015

AngularJS: Adding a user-friendly default option to ng-options

Note: This article refers to AngularJS v1.x only. Angular 2 and above use a different templating syntax and these instructions do not apply. Angular's ng-options directive provides a nifty way to build a select element based on an array in your scope. It can even bind the options to objects in the array, not just string values. But its handling of default values can be a bit puzzling. If you ever find that your bound value doesn't match any of the available options, you could end up with this…
By Keith Dechant, Software Architect
November 3, 2015

This has happened before and it will happen again.

    Ever since Grace Hopper came up with the A language programmers have been trying to create new languages and processes that make it easier to do work with computers. This has led to a constant flow of new ideas, syntaxes and programs that purport to make our lives as programmers better and easier. 
By Robert Linnemann, Mobile Developer
October 29, 2015
Code of Ethics

How to Select an Ethical Software Vendor

Many software firms believe that building great software is important. We believe it is important to take it one step further by committing to great business ethics along the way. We bring this into play through four key axioms:
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
October 29, 2015

A Note About UICollectionView with Negative Margins

When you’re making a basic, edge-to-edge UICollectionView in interface builder, Xcode has a habit of describing it using negative margins. In most scenarios, this would be fine, but the internal mechanisms Apple uses for caculating a UICollectionViewFlowLayout falls apart when presented with negative margins.
By Sam Ingle, iOS Developer
October 14, 2015