Peer Review

We use Peer Reviews during coding for a variety of reasons. The three main reasons are: Quality Assurance – checking other developers work to make sure everything is done correctly and works as it should. Cross Training – the reviewers going over what was done ensures that at least two people have a good understanding of everything that is built and changed. By rotating reviewers for different tasks in the same part of a system many people will be looking at what is built as it is happening. Education – the developers and peer reviewers learn from each other during the review process – new tricks or techniques are shared and developed. Peer Review Checklist We use a detailed checklist […]

Stagnation

It is hard to avoid stagnation. It requires pushing yourself and the people around you out of your comfort zone. As you get better at what you do it actually becomes even harder – you know the “right” way to do things and become even more set in your ways. So how do we keep growing ? The Comfort Zone When we start learning something new we don’t have much of a comfort zone. I’ve been teaching my son to play basketball and I’ve been realizing that simple things like not pushing your knees together when you jump are not yet simple to him. It’s a good reminder not to take things that seem obvious to me for granted. I […]

Growth

We continue growing and looking to grow our team. We’ve been very fortunate with the people we’ve hired and have been so busy we haven’t really taken the time to introduce them or explain to people why they should join us in a while. We’re now up to 7 people here. Me (Kevin), Brad, Barrett, Kyle, Brian, Tom, and Eric. A diverse group with a variety of beards. People without facial hair are also welcome, though we made Kyle work from Traverse City when he refused to grow a mustache.   [your head here] We’re working out of our offices in Lake Orion and working on plans for a new building. Brian is fixing up the Ms. Pacman I bought […]

How to Start a Blog

Starting a blog is not hard. People do it all the time, by the millions. But if you’re not technically inclined it can be intimidating. We often talk to people who want to get a simple website and blog up and running. Sometimes we work with them, other times it’s enough to point them in the right direction and give a little advice. Today I’d like to share a bit of that advice. Step 1: Hosting Web hosting is both simple in concept and complicated to get right. There are a ton of hosting companies out there. You can sign up for a couple of dollars per month at Blue Host* in a few minutes and host your own blog. […]

Pharmacy Advantage

We’ve been working for some time with Pharmacy Advantage specialty pharmacy. They dispense medications for lots of difficult to manage diseases and provide really incredible support services to help people handle the challenges involved in treating diseases like Cancer, MS, and Arthritis. We’ve been working closely with the people there for a few years now and I’m really impressed by their dedication to taking care of people. The work we’ve done has involved building a custom website for patients to login and refill prescriptions online, integrating with their McKesson EnterpriseRx pharmacy software system, and providing a large web based application that they use as part of their daily workflow in taking care of patients. If you need specialty medications delivered […]

Paw Pods

The first shipment of Paw Pods is in and they are ready for sale. There are 4 sizes of Pods and an Urn available in this first batch of products. Paw Pods are biodegradable Pods and Urns for burying pets when they die. They range in size from the Micro Pod for goldfish to the Medium Pod for small dogs and cats. You can buy them online now for individuals who have lost a pet or you can order in bulk for veterinarians or retailers. Each Pod and Urn also comes with a flowering sympathy card to be planted to help memorialize the pet. The site is built using the Magento platform. It’s a powerful, if sometimes unwieldy, e-commerce platform […]

Job Openings – Follow up

I was reading this article today and realized that I didn’t give people a good feel for who we are or why they may want to work here. So, here’s a better stab at that. Our band of Brothers (and cousins) We are a small team that works well together. Brad and I started doing this about 12 years ago. We’ve worked hard to build long term relationships with our customers. They’ve told the people they know to hire us and that’s worked out well for us in developing a stable, growing business. Barrett and Kyle have been working for us for a few years and we have a stable of contractors we’ve been using as well. We just moved […]

Job Openings

We need one or two new developers at Infinite Web Design. We’re located in Lake Orion, MI (the North side of Metro Detroit near the Palace of Auburn Hills where the Pistons play). We need someone who can work with us here. We’re a small team with a growing list of clients we need to support, both large companies and small businesses. Skills Needed: Experience picking up one or more programming languages (we need people who know how to learn new skills) ColdFusion needed, PHP would be a great addition to that JavaScript (we use the jQuery framework) Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) & HTML MySQL databases (designing schema and writing queries) Interface Design skills – we expect our developers to […]