tag: communication

  • The Survey Request That Improved Our Team Communication
    Aug 23, 2022 Written by Jocelyne Morin-Nurse

    “It’s not that I mind filling out another survey, it’s more that we haven’t heard anything about the other one we just filled out.” The comment had no snarky tone or accusatory subtext. It was meant as a simple matter-of-fact comment on what I had just asked the team to do.

  • The Whys and Hows of Applicant-Centered Recruiting at Corgibytes
    Jan 27, 2022 Written by Melissa Todd

    Have you ever filled out a job application only to never hear back from the company? Probably more than once. Probably more than ten times, right? It seems like the cultural norm is to ignore job applicants - unless you’re calling them in for an interview. Well, here at Corgibytes we do things differently.

  • Conflict as a Tool for Healthy Team Growth
    Dec 16, 2021 Written by Jocelyne Morin-Nurse

    It’s 3 a.m. You’re wide awake. You’re having a conversation in your mind with a colleague, a boss, a client. Again. The same one. Seemingly on repeat for the past few days, weeks, or months even. Barring some intractable factors, it appears it’s time to transition that hard conversation from inner monologue to outer dialogue.

  • Defining Empathy Is Like Nailing Jell-O to a Wall
    Sep 14, 2021 Written by Andrea Goulet

    I thought I understood empathy...until I started writing a book about it. Chances are, empathy doesn't mean what you think it means, either.

  • More to Localization
    Aug 17, 2021 Written by Liz Glasser

    When we talk about localizing or internationalizing an application, we often focus on just the wording of labels and other text. However, there is more to it than just “what is the translation of this word”. Take for example this real world story.

  • Ultimatums, Edge Cases, and Basecamp
    May 3, 2021 Written by Andrea Goulet

    A few days ago, Basecamp announced some changes to their organization. Since we've publicly shared that some of Basecamp's books and philosophies have influenced the Corgibytes culture, we feel it is necessary to share our dissent on some of their recent decisions, particularly around their policy of "no more societal and political discussions" at work.

  • Working Remotely While You Work From Home
    Mar 30, 2021 Written by Liz Glasser

    I have been working remotely since 2016, but I have been working from home since March 2020. Those are not the same thing. Sure, they sound the same and they have a lot of common traits... But they are very different.

  • Empathy-Driven Development Defined
    Jan 12, 2021 Written by Andrea Goulet

    Empathy is an important technical skill that can drive the decisions developers make when they code. How can we make the practice of applying empathy throughout a codebase concrete? It starts with defining the practice.

  • Better Documentation Through Commit Messages
    Mar 20, 2019 Written by Josh Kelley

    Wouldn't it be great if there were a documentation tool that's directly tied to the source code (so that you can always access information that's relevant to the code you're looking at), that doesn't clutter up the code itself, that's carefully and automatically timestamped (so that you know how current its information is), and that's guaranteed to be updated whenever the code is? Oh, wait. There is.

  • Want Better Software? Focus On Communication.
    Mar 29, 2018 Written by Andrea Goulet

    If you want to eliminate your technical debt, communication HAS to be a critical component of your efforts. If you're struggling to break up your monolith and move to a microservices model, the first place to look is how your team is communicating. Command and control silos will result in monoliths. Self-organizing and autonomous teams give rise to microservices.