There’s a saying that people invariably attribute to wherever they live: if you don’t like the weather in [PLACE] wait five minutes. That said, more often than not, the opposite is true. Whether for a sprint, or for the real world, a great way to predict tomorrow’s weather is to look at yesterday’s. You won’t always be right (and likely never exactly right), but you will be close enough to not die from exposure to the elements - or misread your velocity.
One of the many joys of working from home is avoiding rush hour headaches. But commutes to work have a purpose — they are cues that your work day is beginning or ending, and provide a clear separation between home and the office. How can you recreate this when working remotely?
Since Alley’s founding in 2010, we have evolved into a fully distributed company with nearly 70 team members spread across the United States, Canada, and Brazil. While we’ve learned to mitigate the challenges of working remotely and pride ourselves on having a strong work culture, we feel it’s critical for everyone to have the opportunity to be in the same physical location and meet face to face.
Alley is a fully remote company, and we’ve been so since the beginning. We believe it’s an incredibly powerful way to work that allows for amazing opportunities for organizations and employees both. Read more in our latest piece – “Welcome to the World of Tomorrow.”
TLDR; an unpatched Slack API behavior allows single or multi-channel guests to query your entire Slack Workspace directory including names, titles, emails, phone numbers, administration status, inactive/deleted accounts, custom profile fields, and even other single-channel guests from different channels.
On August 21, 2017, something of great cosmological significance occurred. Yes, sure, there was a total solar eclipse over wide swaths of the United States, but we’re talking about something life-changing here. On that fateful day, Alleybot quoted his first-ever message. What does that mean? Let’s discuss.
Prensa Libre, one of the most-circulated newspapers in Guatemala, recently approached Alley to assist with improving the experience of its editors when delivering the news to the nation. In the summer of 2018, a team headed south to Central America, held a kickoff with the Prensa Libre stakeholders, and soon began a migration off of a proprietary CMS system to WordPress (hosted by WordPress.com VIP). In January 2019, the new site was launched!
Last year was another amazing year for Alley. In 2018, we launched our new brand and identity, continued to build our team, and got to work on amazing projects in news media, museums, nonprofits, and more. Below, we share some of the most interesting parts of the year!
First impressions matter. By carefully planning a discovery workshop for your project, you can ensure that you’ll hit the ground running and that everyone is equally invested in, approving of, and informed about the project’s goals and next steps. Over the years, we’ve had a lot of experience organizing discovery meetings and workshops.
Alley’s State of Obesity project has recently published a special series — SNAP Stories, produced by Upworthy and StoryCorps — highlighting the positive impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on the health of individuals and communities.
So you’ve made the decision to start working with agile. Great choice! You’ve decided to use Scrum to get yourself and your team into peak performance mode, and now you are really rolling. But wait a minute — you start doing your homework, and you read in Jeff and J.J. Sutherland’s Scrum book that this framework was created “as a faster, more reliable, more effective way to create software.” If you are like me, your next thought is, “Uh oh, I’m not a developer. I guess this isn’t for me…”. However, don’t put down that Scrum book just yet.
We’re creating an Alexa voice skill that will simulate exploring an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt museum in-person.