Chromatic has never had an office. You read that correctly, we’ve never had an office. We have been operating as a fully distributed team for over twelve years, and if I can humbly say, we’re pretty darn good at it.
We didn’t leave the retreat with a ten-step action plan, but together we came home with renewed energy and excitement about what’s next and how to keep our team growing in the ways that are important to us.
I read an article recently discussing scope creep. It starts by stating “Scope creep is awful.” Many of the points suggested are good and the recommendations valid, yet at some point I have to ask: Is scope creep really awful?
Most of you reading this know that Chromatic is a distributed team with no centralized offices. This means that we have team members living all around the globe, and that we travel a decent amount. The whole team enjoys great food.
Poor website architecture and performance planning has struck again, this time leaving 24,000 families in the state of Illinois disappointed and burdened by the crash of the Empower Illinois scholarship tax credit site.
In July of this year, a handful of the Chromatic team traveled to Boulder, CO to meet up with the Outside Online team. Skalawag Productions joined for the fun and to film our time together. We had a great time hiking the Flatirons with Todd, Daniel and Yogi (Todd’s pup), we went rock climbing in the Clear Creek Canyon area just outside of Golden, and even did some boating at the Boulder Reservoir. The trip was both personally and professionally rewarding.
Internally we talk about culture and values a lot at Chromatic. We’re hoping to start doing that publicly more as we move into the new year, and in that spirit, we are announcing our new donation-matching policy.
Chromatic has been attending DrupalCon in North America for many years and we have found it to be a valuable time to interact with the community. We're thrilled to finally be attending our first European DrupalCon!
A very common issue for owners and teams, is shared todo lists. This topic in particular has been a struggle for the partners of CHROMATIC for some time. We’ve tried different options, with little success.
In the web design/development/consulting world, we consistently talk about vendors and the client/vendor relationship. Is this really how we want to be known? Is this really how we work? And as a client, do you really just want a vendor?