Micah Alles

Prioritizing Refinements – Choose Wisely


over 5 years ago by Micah Alles on Atomic Spin.
As software craftspeople, we constantly reach for sublime elegance in our work. Just beyond every module rewrite or subsystem refactoring is the paradise...

On Writing Technical Content


over 5 years ago by Micah Alles on Atomic Spin.
During the past few months, I’ve taken on the daunting task of collecting some of the important software development lessons we’ve learned at...

On Writing Technical Content


over 5 years ago by Micah Alles on Atomic Spin.
During the past few months, I’ve taken on the daunting task of collecting some of the important software development lessons we’ve learned at...

Managing Products, not Just Projects


almost 4 years ago by Micah Alles on Atomic Spin.
Making custom software products is extremely difficult and rife with risk—technical risk, business risk, etc. The Product Manager’s job is to see...

Managing Products, not Just Projects


almost 4 years ago by Micah Alles on Atomic Spin.
Making custom software products is extremely difficult and rife with risk—technical risk, business risk, etc. The Product Manager’s job is to see...

Transparent Project Management with Burn Up Charts


over 2 years ago by Micah Alles on Atomic Spin.
Uncertainty is inherent to software development — it’s impossible to precisely predict how long individual tasks will take. And that makes it very...

Why Estimate Bugs and Chores in Your Backlog


over 2 years ago by Micah Alles on Atomic Spin.
When we’re running a client’s project using our Atomic Process, our team will assign an estimate of points to each item in the product backlog...

Designing a Scalable Deployment Pipeline


~2 years ago by Micah Alles on Atomic Spin.
Anyone who’s led a product engineering team knows that a growing team requires investments in process, communication approaches, and documentation...

Why Team-Focused Backlogs Are More Effective


~2 years ago by Micah Alles on Atomic Spin.
Agile backlogs should be oriented to a client first, team second, and product last. At Atomic, our teams range in size from two to eight developers. Teams...

The Atomic Agile Process


almost 2 years ago by Micah Alles on Atomic Spin.
The best process is owned by its team, but everyone has to start somewhere. That’s why I drafted this, a template for Atomic Object’s Agile...