Three WordPress Enhancements to Streamline Your Custom Block Development
A lot has changed since the new block editor (codenamed Gutenberg) was launched with WordPress 5.0 in December of 2018. Building custom blocks is now easier than ever, thanks to three key enhancements that were introduced over the last two years: 1. block.json WordPress now lets you describe your custom block using a special JSON…
Promoting Asynchronous Communication in Slack
Using Slack as a synchronous communication tool like Instant Messenger has plenty of downsides. Slack can be a source of constant interruption and context switching. How do you mitigate this?
Beyond the logo: Tools to define your brand and editorial messaging
When it comes to your organization, what is the first thing you think of? It could be something straightforward — like your product or logo, but it’s probably more abstract than that. It’s likely tied to your culture, aesthetic, and mission as much as it is to any individual product or service. And those elements
Open-source at Alley: What we were up to in 2022
My favorite Scrum event is the Daily Scrum. While often overshadowed by its flashier siblings — the dramatic demos of the Sprint Review or iterative improvements from a productive Retrospective — the Daily Scrum is essential for a Scrum team’s successful delivery of their Sprint commitments. Previously known as the exclusionary Daily Standup (not everyone
Education & DEIA: Maintaining an evidence-based DEIA program
At Alley, we take an evidence-based approach to all the work we do — including our community-driven initiatives. Educating ourselves on issues related to and surrounding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is key to cultivating a safe and thoughtful environment where our diversity is respected, valued, and embraced. We turn to and partner with
Hiring & DEIA: Setting goals for more equitable recruiting
At Alley, we believe that diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds fuel our best work and are essential for our future. Our team members are based all over the world — and cultivating an environment of diverse, talented professionals starts with building a team that reflects the broader demographic makeup of the communities where we work.
Outreach & DEIA: Empowering diverse groups in our industry and communities
As a company, we have a responsibility to use our positions, expertise, and knowledge to lift up historically marginalized groups such as women, BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+ people, and people with disabilities. We can achieve this through collaboration, support, and sharing resources with partners and businesses that are led by and serve these communities in a meaningful
Retention & DEIA: Fostering employee engagement and belonging
At Alley, we strive to create an environment where our diversity is respected, valued, and embraced — and where our team members feel a true sense of belonging. We want to ensure that Alley is a place where historically underrepresented and marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+ people, and people with disabilities feel engaged, motivated,
A people-first mindset & DEIA: Curating a safe and thoughtful environment
At Alley, we believe that diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds fuel our best work and are essential for our future. And as an employer with over 70 teammates worldwide, we want to provide an environment where our diversity is respected, valued, and embraced. This begins with setting an internal standard of inclusive language, mindful business
How Thinking Like a Remote Team Can Benefit Anyone’s Practice
At Alley, working as a distributed team while solving complex challenges for large-scale digital publishers has required us to scale our company practices accordingly — and embrace the opportunities created for continual positive change.
Increasing Productivity with Pair Coding and Swarming
In this article, we’ll go through some of the reasons why you should increase your productivity with pair coding – working towards a solution with one other person – and swarming – working towards a solution with multiple people.
Quote, Unquote, Alley: Fostering community on our remote team
On August 21, 2017, something of great cosmological significance occurred. Yes, sure, there was a total solar eclipse over wide swaths of the United States, but we’re talking about something life-changing here. On that fateful day, Alleybot quoted his first-ever message. What does that mean? Let’s discuss.
Remote Scrum Teams: Four Tips for Setting Team Norms
If you’ve suddenly found yourself working remotely due to COVID-19 precautions, how do you handle all the normal day-to-day things like meetings, tracking tasks, and basic communication? Team norms don’t need to be complicated just because everyone’s remote. Being a fully distributed company ourselves, we have learned a lot over the years that helps us keep our teams running smoothly.
Remote Work: Intentionality, First
In this blog series, we are sharing some of our guiding principles and processes for remote work, in the hope that others can use them to make a difference in their organizations.