Tag: process

Improving Your Process: Vetting Clients from the Start

I listen to podcasts every day. Many of them focus on business in a number of capacities, many of them don’t. I found it interesting that two podcasts I listened to nearly back-to-back discussed client onboarding. It wasn’t the focal point of either episode, they each touched on the topic for just a few minutes, […]

Posted: July 07, 2015

Using Grunt to Speed Up & Standardize your WordPress Theme Development

Workflow continues to be an integral part of your overall speed in development. Automating tasks where applicable can have an amazing net effect on your timelines, so finding effective ways to speed up monotonous, repetitive tasks can be a huge time saver. Integrating Grunt with your WordPress theming can do big things for your process.

Posted: March 10, 2013

How Plans Kill Productivity

This is a great piece that resonates well with me. When I was part of a larger team at an agency we’d hit this roadblock often, and the same results would surface. It’d be cyclical though. Out of nowhere everyone on the team would be pumped about planning a project top-to-bottom before we got started. […]

Posted: January 23, 2013

The Process Myth

You’ve heard the groans and you’ve seen the rolling eyeballs and made the fair assumption that engineers are genetically predisposed to hate process. It’s an incorrect assumption that doesn’t add up. Engineers are creatures who appreciate structure, order and predictability, and the goal of a healthy process is to define structure so order is maintained […]

Posted: January 16, 2013

How To Solve Problems Like Sherlock Holmes

Holmes practices mindfulness, which sounds new-agey, but is actually quite practical. Mindfulness means focusing on only one problem or activity at a time. But mindfulness isn’t the opposite of multi-tasking, because there’s actually no such thing. “Our brain cannot do two things at once,” says Konnikova. “What we believe is multi-tasking is really the brain […]

Posted: January 16, 2013

Freelancing: A 6-Month Retrospective

Freelancing: A 6-Month Retrospective Many times it’s difficult to get a truly accurate account of someone else’s experience freelancing. The fact of that matter is that it’s different for everybody. Sure many freelancers have similar work-related backgrounds and experiences that did their part in leading to freelancing, but it’s hard to remind yourself that your […]

Posted: July 09, 2012

Style Tiles: An Alternative to Full Design Comps

Style Tiles: An Alternative to Full Design Comps | Webdesigntuts+. We don’t talk much about the actual design processes we have in place, at least not in the detail we outline development workflows. Why is that? Are design processes just too personal that they can’t be explained in writing? Without diving too deep, I think […]

Posted: June 07, 2012

Design is like surviving a zombie apocalypse

Design is like surviving a zombie apocalypse | Mark Boulton Design. Design isn’t a process limited to designers, at least not in most cases. In my time as a developer on projects I’ve run the spectrum of personalities to work with. As with everything I go on and on about I’ve concluded that it comes […]

Posted: June 07, 2012

Confessions of a recovering lifehacker

Confessions of a recovering lifehacker « John Pavlus. Are you in the mood for a bit of a reality check today? This article just might do it. I sympathized with a lot of this article. I’ve written before about how I have this ingrained fear that my incessant tinkering with process and tools is actually […]

Posted: May 24, 2012

This Is All Your App Is: a Collection of Tiny Details

Coding Horror: This Is All Your App Is: a Collection of Tiny Details. Details matter. A lot. Kevin and I often spend what many people would categorize as way too much time on certain details. We do that because sometimes some things just don’t feel right, and that’s not good enough. The details, in our […]

Posted: May 08, 2012