Delightful Reveal #2
A weekly update on all things Flagrant
What we did
- Took Monday off in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
- Held a management summit. Reviewed the state of the organization, and project-related updates. Discussed billing policies and code of conduct
- Drafted letters welcoming Amy and Jack to the team (intro posts forthcoming!)
- We worked as a team to collaboratively write this summary. After deliberations, the team agreed on an emoji to indicate in Slack when something should be reviewed for inclusion in our next reveal
On their project the Tiger Team of Amanda, Andrew, Glynnis, JB, & Jonathan
- Held a kickoff outlining the scope for this quarter’s work (problem statements, objectives, success metrics, etc.)
- Updated our user stories and began sketching to agree initial acceptance criteria and identify outstanding questions for design research
- Added metrics using the wonderful suite of tools generously offered and maintained by Andrew Kane: Ahoy, GroupDate, Chartkick, all battle-tested on Instacart. Thanks, Andrew!
- Implemented a responsive design
- Fixed the texting feature on a project. The application texting service had broken due to an outdated gem. Last week we removed and rewrote the portions of the gem that we would need
- Two clients are spinning up product efforts
- Chris was able to come up with a query for a project that was able to produce exactly what he wanted: getting the 6 most recent points earned by 6 different students
What we’re reading
- Life, the UX-verse and Everything by Lisa Angela
- Lord of the Butterflies by Andrea Gibson
- Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
- This BootrAils blog
- A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
What we’re listening to
- 90’s office
- Eiffel65 - I’m Blue
- Andrew Bird - Sisyphus
- If Kelly is in the sads: Radiohead Amnesiac
- Young Fathers - In My View
- 99 Percent Invisible - Mini-Stories: Volume 16, wherein the difference between a “street” and a “road” is explained, as well as the danger of “stroads”
- This is HCD - Human Centered Design Podcast: ‘The evolution of Design at IBM plus the Future of Design education’
- If Books Could Kill — Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers”
What we’re watching
- Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure
- Live to Lead
- Slow Horses S2
- Nightmare Alley—the 2021 del Toro film, followed by the original 1947 film
- The Peripheral
- The Last of Us
- RuPaul’s Drag race season 13
What we’re struggling with
- Migraines and body aches
- Imposter Syndrome
- Toasting the perfect bagel
What we’re interested in
- SQL query for a recent leaderboard. Using window functions with `rank()` to pick the most recent item.
- Responsive Design Patterns—still super useful after all these years.
- Cursor nature preserves and parking lots
- You feel like shit - favorite mental health resource for when you have no spoons or are in crisis or are just flailing and need a hand or someone to “walk you through”. It’s got tons of gentle suggestions for when things are rough.
- Video games that are being played: God of War, God of War: Ragnarok, Overcooked 2, Ori: Will of the Wisps, Windbound, Hades, Breath of the Wild
What we’re buying
- Hot glue, fake lily pads, sparkly pants, fake eyelashes, and other costume supplies for making a koi fish Mardi Gras costume for marching in an all redhead sub krewe of the Red Beans parade
- King cake. Disclaimer: Don’t eat the baby
What we’re celebrating
- Kudos to Cody for throwing up a signal flare last week about struggling on his project. We often don’t have as much insight about what other folks are struggling with unless they share. Standup today was a great example of that and kudos to you all for sharing what you’re feeling this week.
- Pairing of Max, Cody and Jonathan where Max is being onboarded for a new client and the ramp up on knowledge transfer.
- Glynnis jumping in to take over designs for the next Cycle of the Tiger team project
- Finn poops a solid! Amanda’s dog Finn, The Best Dog™, found a random hot dog on his walk last week that caused *ahem* digestive discomfort for many days.
- Yossef made Joyce a poplar wood recipe box
If you’re looking for a team to help you discover the right thing to build and help you build it, get in touch.