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    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,…

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    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…

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Open-source at Alley: What we were up to in 2022

    Open-source software is central to Alley’s mission and essential to our work. In the last few months, we’ve published several new open-source packages for PHP, JavaScript, and WordPress developers, each of which is rooted in our day-to-day experiences meeting the needs of our clients.  We’re delighted to highlight some of these new packages and invite…

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    No blockers

    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…