Category: Improving Process

Improving Your Process: Vetting Clients from the Start

Published 2 years 11 months ago on July 7, 2015

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, […]

Using Grunt to Speed Up & Standardize your WordPress Theme Development

Published 5 years 3 months ago on March 10, 2013

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.

Improving Your Process: Contracts, Proposals, Scopes of Work, and Complacency

Published 6 years 1 month ago on April 30, 2012

At Iron to Iron we’re always trying to keep on top of ourselves when it comes to our process. The latest focus has been on our contract and the process we’ve got behind the generation of that documents and what leads up to it. We changed a lot, and for me it was a great reminder about the danger of complacency.

REST worst practices

Published 6 years 4 months ago on January 30, 2012

REST worst practices. Following on the heels of Guzzle, I’ve just read this piece on REST worst practices. As it happens, technology tends to be abused from time to time, REST included. I’m far from a REST expert, so reading a piece like this helps to give me some context and guidance for the future. […]

Improving Your Process: Segmenting your Sass as a Method of Optimization

Published 6 years 4 months ago on January 16, 2012

I’ve become a true fan of Sass, and a lot has to do with Compass. More than that, though, I’ve got a new approach to the way I’ve been structuring my Sass as a method of writing more efficient, targeted styles that are more adaptable and easier to maintain.

Improving Your Process: Automated Regression Testing with

Published 6 years 6 months ago on December 5, 2011

As I’m writing more advanced software, I’m more consistently reflecting on the importance of testing. Specifically automated testing. Humans are far too likely to get lazy and cut corners, and testing is the worst time for that to happen. I’ve been thinking a lot about regression testing lately and how to implement it in my workflow. I thought about writing my own suite, but quickly remembered that it had already been done.

I Went to the Dentist & Here’s What I Learned About Client Work

Published 6 years 9 months ago on September 5, 2011

I recently spent some time at the dentist’s office and through my anxiety, took some notes to compare my experience to our client work. There are a lot of parallels aligning our industry with other service industries, and it’s rare that I get a conscious, extended look from ‘the other side’.

Improving Your Process: WordPress Development Using Xdebug

Published 7 years 2 months ago on March 28, 2011

Programming workflows have always been especially interesting to me. It may be due to the wide spectrum of detail that can be achieved from a workflow, and I’d like to see what’s truly useful and valuable as you go about writing code. Debugging is something I plan on researching further.

Improving Your Process: Work from the Inside Out

Published 7 years 8 months ago on October 4, 2010

Many designers and developers I’ve observed over the years have a particular way of tackling a new project. I approach new projects in a specific way, working from the inside out, in an effort to be as forward thinking as possible on as detailed a level as possible.

Improving Your Process: Effectively Estimating Projects

Published 8 years 2 months ago on April 12, 2010

Estimates are the life blood of our industry. If anyone out there is getting jobs consistently without having to go through an estimation process, you’ve got some dark magic going on that I’d love to know more about. Estimates are a double edged sword though; we need them to get jobs, but the work is non-billable.

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