Tag: Innovation

A Step Beyond the Style Guide

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about Style Guide and Pattern libraries. These tools allow teams to have a point of reference for the style elements (fonts, buttons, etc.) of the project being built. While these are great, there is an extra step that I am seeing some teams make that seem just […] 

Team Ownership of Quality

Team Ownership of Quality

We have a few Agile teams here at Ramsey Solutions. The best thing about these Agile teams is that people from many disciplines come together to work toward a common goal. It isn’t uncommon to have development, creative, UX, quality assurance, product ownership and marketing sitting around a table, figuring things out together. This process […] 

What I Learned From Hack TN 7

What I Learned From Hack TN 7

A few weeks ago I went to my first Hackathon, Hack Tennessee 7. Aside from writing code, I had no idea what to expect before getting there. On Friday night I arrived at Track One, where electronic dance music was emanating from the warehouse. During check-in, they gave everyone a bunch of free stuff including […] 

Creating a Sass Theme Engine

Creating a Sass Theme Engine

Late last year, I was working on a project that required some elements of the page to be “theme-able” to match different live events being represented. Some background colors on containers needed to be changed and icons in certain contexts should be changeable as well. This could get out of hand quickly, as I needed […] 

Tooling Around

Every once in a while, I spend some time looking at the software tools I use daily. I enjoy tinkering, so looking at alternate tools or tweaking my current ones is a fun way to spend some downtime. Sometimes it’s a waste of time, but more often than not, I come away with a change […] 

Tag Management Gives Our Web Analytics Room to Grow

As the number of sites and platforms supported by our team has grown, Adobe’s Dynamic Tag Management tool has helped our web analytics integration keep up with the pace. We’ve been using Adobe Analytics (formerly Omniture SiteCatalyst) since 2007 to help us better understand how customers are using our web-based properties. When we first integrated with […] 

Clicky: A Eulogy

Like an athlete struck down in the prime of life, my keyboard died a painful death last Friday. It was a fantastic Das Keyboard Model S Professional that I had used for almost four years. It was cold and dry last week, and taking off my fleece-lined coat while wearing a sweater resulted in a […] 

4 of My QGIS Mapping Mistakes

4 of My QGIS Mapping Mistakes

In my last post, I gave a really quick overview of how I used Quantum GIS (QGIS) to build some custom color-coded maps. That blog post came at the cost of a week or so of missteps. So, rather than making you learn from your own mistakes, I’ll lend you some of mine. 1. Choose […] 

Quality Assurance and Tech Support: A Match Made in Heaven

Quality Assurance and Tech Support: A Match Made in Heaven

Last time, I wrote about how user experience and quality assurance are BFFs. And that’s completely, 100%, without-a-doubt true. But there’s another team relationship that is mutually beneficial: tech support and quality assurance. Odds are, you’ve had a bad experience with technology. Maybe you’ve tried to order airline tickets online and run into issues. Maybe […] 

Growing Developers

Growing Developers

The growth roadmap for a developer can vary from person to person. Unfortunately experience isn’t always a good indicator of talent or ability. “Do you have 20 years experience or do you have the same 1 year of experience twenty times?” –Scott Hanselman from I know apps How do we stretch beyond the same one […] 

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