RubyConf 2017: Coming Home

By Allison McMillan

RubyConf is where I got my start in the software world and because of that it “feels like going home”. This year the conference seemed homier than normal thanks to its great, overarching tone.

The truth about our Open Source

By Allison McMillan

Speaking at All Things Open made me think about our open source software, where we’re at, and where we’re going at Collective Idea

When Strange Loop Makes Your Brain Melt

By Allison McMillan

Continued learning is hard and sometimes conferences, which should help with that, can be demoralizing. Here are some tips to let them empower you and not make you feel inadequate.

Write/Speak/Code: A Conference For Doers

By Allison McMillan

Conferences are great for learning and networking but the Write/Speak/Code conference encourages attendees to be doers on top of being participants. Learn one, Do one, Teach one.

RailsConf 2017: An Organizer's Perspective

By Allison McMillan

As a conference organizer, the experience can be a bit different. Find out why in this post.

Diving into Web-Based Virtual Reality

By Allison McMillan

Learn where to start to create a simple virtual reality image and how to learn more

Tailoring Retrospectives by Using Core Values

By Allison McMillan

Incorporating your company’s core values into a regular workflow can be challenging. Here’s how we did that with our retrospectives at Collective Idea.

Working Remotely?

By Allison McMillan

If you’re just starting out as a remote worker or you’re just looking to improve your flow, these tips and tricks will help.

Conferencing Success

By Allison McMillan

Conferences can be overwhelming. Use these tips to make the most of your conference experience.

How to Write a More Effective Conference Proposal

By Allison McMillan

Looking to submit a conference proposal? These five tips will help you craft better proposals that will impress the reviewers in the future.

Productivity Tips and Tools

By Allison McMillan

Balancing a variety of professional and personal work tasks can be tough. To make sure nothing falls through the cracks, use these tips and tools to help keep yourself organized.

An in-depth look at two RailsConf tracks

By Allison McMillan

RailsConf offers an opportunity to submit proposals directly related to specific tracks. Learn more about two of these tracks to get inspired and craft successful proposals.

Even the Justice League Works Remotely

By Allison McMillan

Hiring remote developers who are not yet senior requires looking for certain critical characteristics. Learn what those are and what you should consider if you are hiring or looking for a remote position.

Troubleshooting Feature Specs

By Allison McMillan

Figuring out why your feature tests are failing can be difficult, especially when setting up the first few tests in the codebase.