1. Debrief self.conference 2019.

    The organizers of self.conference, held in Michigan, believe that a technical conference should present a mix of human and tech topics. Since one of the organizers is Test Double’s own Amber Conville, there are usually a handful of agents in attendance.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    August 2, 2019
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Brittany Moore
    Ross Brandes
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    Miscellaneous
  2. Defining good work.

    What does it mean to do good work? I recently encountered this question at a content creation workshop during a brainstorming session. This particular question brought me up short because I didn’t have an answer.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    July 25, 2019
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Brittany Moore
    Category An icon of a paper organzier Categories
    Consulting
  3. Life After a Diversity and Inclusion Blunder

    I recently wrote a blog post about vulnerability and imposter syndrome. Okay, that may seem like a shameless plug for my post, but I promise, it is extremely relevant. Anyway, I write this blog post, and I’m pretty happy with it.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    July 16, 2019
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Christine McCallum-Randalls
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    Miscellaneous
  4. Growing consultants without burning out

    My career in consulting is in covered in scars. One time I had a stakeholder scream at me on a call because we couldn’t figure out why a promised fax integration was failing (yes, it was in healthcare), all while the developer in the room with me was angrily gesticulating and mouthing swear words because the client didn’t understand.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    July 9, 2019
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Mike Jansen
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    Consulting
  5. Imposter syndrome is a jerk.

    Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend Ops-Conf, an amazing conference with a group of extremely smart and capable leaders of small tech companies. It hit me pretty quickly that these folks were exceptional people with valuable skills and insights.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    July 2, 2019
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Christine McCallum-Randalls
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    Miscellaneous
  6. Designing an interview process that works

    At Test Double, we want to fix the problems with how the world writes software. One of those problems is often how developers are selected in the first place. Think about the last time you went to an interview.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    June 11, 2019
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Ilana Corson
    Category An icon of a paper organzier Categories
    Qualification
  7. Enumerate your enums.

    Some people say “e-noom”. Others say “e-numb”. But for some reason, Rails calls its enums “integer”. That decision—dating back to the feature’s introduction in Rails 4.1—has caused no end of problems for developers and teams that aren’t hyper-vigilant about managing the impedance mismatch between ActiveRecord objects that marshal enum attributes as strings and the underlying database schema that represents enum columns as integers.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    June 3, 2019
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Justin Searls
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    Ruby
  8. What happens when you extract a function anyway?

    Imagine you’ve got this snippet of code: (If this looks scary, try reading the original code from testdouble.js—I’ve made some changes to it here that make it a bit uglier)
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    May 28, 2019
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Kevin Baribeau
    Category An icon of a paper organzier Categories
    JavaScript
  9. I'm ashamed to say it.

    When I was in college and job searching, I had an interviewing experience that still haunts my nightmares. The process involved a series of onsite conversations and activities that was meant to last all day.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    May 22, 2019
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Brittany Moore
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    Miscellaneous

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