Death of the Lone Wolf: How 10X Engineers Gave Way to 5Y
In the ever-evolving landscape of software companies, a momentous shift is underway. The once-celebrated "10X engineer," whose mythical prowess was extolled, has now become a subject of mockery and memes. As the industry moves beyond the age of individual heroes, I see the opportunities for a new archetype that I call the 5Y Engineer.
Working at 1904labs: Evolving our Innovation First Approach
Because some in-person work is vital to our success, we’ve evolved our Innovation First approach to include consistent core hours and in-person core meetings.
Students have “Real Work Day” at 1904labs
1904labs recently hosted 18 Ali Academy scholars participating in Real Work Days summer camp. During their visit, students ages 9 through 16 took part in interactive sessions to learn best practices for building slide decks and how to create their own smartphone app.
What “Growth Culture” Means at 1904labs
At 1904labs, growth culture is about continuous learning, feedback and collaboration, and balancing psychological safety and challenges.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Has Named 1904labs a 2022 Top Workplace in St. Louis!
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has named 1904labs a 2022 Top Workplace in St. Louis!
Why Self-Documenting Code Still Needs Comments
Comments in your code provide context. Research shows that context can support learning and learning is the pathway to understanding.
Intent, Software, Experience, and Architecture
Why don’t I make my own community? Somewhere focused where people can freely share their thoughts on game development.
Matt Scaperoth Receives 1904labs Tickled Pink Award
At 1904labs, we publicly recognize the efforts of our coworkers with a pink feather. Feathers can be given whenever someone goes above and beyond, whether that’s assisting a coworker lift furniture or helping think through a suitable solution for a complex project. The annual Tickled Pink award goes to the person who receives the most feathers throughout the year.
Helping Potbangerz Spread Warmth This Holiday Season
As part of our employee holiday gifts this year, 1904labs donated 240 blankets to Potbangerz, an organization helping the unhoused in St. Louis.
Why One-on-Ones Are Core to Servant Leadership
Regular one-on-one meetings are the most valuable coaching tool in a manager or servant leader's toolkit. Here are some best practices.
Josh Fischer Presents on Working in the Apache Incubator at ApacheCon
Agile Engineering Lead Josh Fischer presented at the recent ApacheCon on working on a project in the Apache Incubator through the lens of his work with Heron, a real-time, distributed, fault-tolerant stream processing system.
Hours with Experts: One Student's Journey to a Dream Career
Watch Nick Rafferty's journey from student to full-time Data Engineer.
Innovation Showcase: From Playing The Game to Creating One
Matthew “Coach” Carter is developing Guild Simulator; an idle video game that combines two things he loves -- video games and making things.