We’ve realized mindfulness can be a framework for engaging others across the company in rethinking their work habits. Here’s a little more about it.
Not Invented Here syndrome (NIH) is the guilty pleasure that tempts engineering teams into creating bespoke approaches to problems that have already been solved. Even having your eyes opened to the temptation doesn’t immunize you from it. So, how do you know whether a bespoke solution warrants the effort or if it’s just plain hubris?
Headless architecture has recently risen in popularity, and with good reason. Alley has been building headless sites for several years and, in this article, we will pass along some valuable lessons that can help you when you’re considering going headless for the first time.
“Be careful with the things you only get one of.” While this applies to a lot of things in life, it is especially true when it comes to how I try to execute my work here at Alley. As a scrum master and Agile Process Leader, my role is to serve a Scrum team by
Technology is changing rapidly and penetrating every aspect of our life. Everything is new, and every idea seems possible. “You could change the world,” technology whispers to us, “if only you choose the right idea.” Many of these ideas start in a meeting room. So how do you, as an implementer, stop yourself from going insane in meetings and keep your coworkers from killing you for squashing their ideas?
Alley is pleased to announce that Susan Finkelpearl has officially been named Partner and Vice President of User Experience.
When you stop by our booth at HighEdWeb or another one of our upcoming events, you might notice something different. Or rather, something missing. We don’t have much swag on our table! No, we didn’t forget to order it – instead, we’re making a conscious choice to keep our events and conference booths as sustainable as possible.
At Elevate! in Chicago, CEO Austin discussed Alley’s recent design work for The Dallas Morning News with Mike Orren, their Chief Product Officer. Learn about their conversation, through the lens of a metaphor that he often uses to discuss how to make tough choices about page speed while designing a news website: Airplanes.
A “lift and shift” project involves moving functionality wholesale from one platform to another. It’s a common request, and it can work well under the right circumstances — but creating conditions for success in pure migration projects requires careful consideration of the tradeoffs and paradoxically, a clear commitment to design thinking.
Alley’s Director of Editorial Projects, Margaret Schneider, is running for the ONA Board! Margaret’s position of empathy and understanding within and among stakeholders in digital news is crucial to Alley and our clients and much needed by the wider world of ONA. At Alley, we are often called upon to craft news technology solutions that