Articles on Process

Alice Wenner

Alice Wenner

Why You Shouldn’t Sleep on Ruby on Rails in 2022

First released to the public in 2004, Ruby on Rails is an open source web-application framework written in the Ruby programming language. We sat down with Carbon Five Director of Engineering Matt Brictson to discuss all things Ruby on Rails, including the benefits of using Rails versus an all-Javascript stack, what’s in store for the

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Paul Raythattha

Paul Raythattha

How to Run a Great Retrospective: A Detailed Recipe

You’ve read all the agile docs about how important it is to have a regular reflection meeting. You’ve sat through so many retros that you’ve lost count—and maybe you’ve even run more than a few yourself. But, for some reason, your retrospectives just aren’t as magical as the ones you read about. You’re not alone!

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Emily Mi Cai

Emily Mi Cai

Three Team Exercises to Start Your Next Project Right

At Carbon Five, we are always kicking off new projects with different teams, and we have a set of activities that we’ve found to be pretty critical in helping ensure our teams are aligned from the beginning. Here are three activities we’ve found to be particularly meaningful (and check out their templates here). Visions, Challenges,

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Eric Fung

Eric Fung

How to Use Actionable Emojis in Your Pull Request Reviews

Carbon Five has embraced emoji in daily written communication. They carry a lot of meaning in a small package, they inject personality and culture into our writing, and they visually stand out on the page as you scan a document. Pull requests are no exception. Love them or hate them, emojis ensure our pull request

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Nicole Thayer

Nicole Thayer

Building for Intersectionality in Tech: Intersectionality and Product Management

By Nicole Thayer & Tiffany Wong Note: This is the fourth post in this blog series on intersectionality in tech. Check out the first, second, and third posts. Welcome back to our ongoing series about how employees at Carbon Five approach intersectionality in tech. For more information on why we’re doing this and what we’re hoping

Nicole Thayer

Nicole Thayer

Building for Intersectionality in Tech: Intersectionality and Software Engineering

By Nicole Thayer & Tiffany Wong Note: This is the third post in this blog series on intersectionality in tech. Check out the first, second, and fourth posts. Welcome back to our ongoing series about how employees at Carbon Five are approaching conversations about intersectionality in tech. For more information on why we’re doing this and what we’re

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Alice Wenner

Alice Wenner

How To Build Products with Cutting-Edge Technology Using Agile Methodology

During her three years as a software engineer at Carbon Five, Rose Karr has had the opportunity to work on several projects that involve cutting-edge technology. She has found that while working with this kind of tech can be exciting, it also presents a unique set of challenges. In a recent talk, Karr discussed some

Client Interview - Carbon Five and Drucker Institute
Nancy Samahito

Nancy Samahito

Lessons from Developing a Community Learning Platform – Bendable.com

An interview with Rick Wartzman and Sarah Zaner. In the midst of a global pandemic, Carbon Five client, Drucker Institute, launched Bendable, a community-based learning platform, in June 2020. We sat down with Rick Wartzman, Executive Director, and Sarah Zaner, Senior Director at KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society at Drucker Institute, to learn

Prakash Venkatraman

Prakash Venkatraman

Greenfield Projects: Seven Ways to Set Yourself Up for Success

Greenfield projects have a hidden set of needs — and each one can be an opportunity for growth if handled well! But if handled poorly or if not handled at all, these pitfalls can perpetuate and multiply across the lifetime of the project, taking you further and further away from your treasure and further into the endless cave of despair.

Brandy Davis-Balsamo

Brandy Davis-Balsamo

Shifting to A Work From Home Policy: A Mini Survival Guide for Your Company

Given the COVID-19 crisis, most companies that can have shifted to temporary work from home policy. While about a quarter of those companies are likely already adept at working remotely — at least to some degree. The rest are completely new to this way of working and it’s not an easy shift. I’d like to

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