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Check out a little bit of what we’re doing, where we’re going, and what gets us excited

Sciencemag.org Project Wins (a.k.a.: A Love Song To Basecamp)

We’re continually reflecting on processes, tools used, and project management practices and systems. Our most recent engagement: a brand-new search function for sciencemag.org, one of several web properties belonging to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, allowing users to com...
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Full-Spectrum Leadership

To get a real sense of the leadership culture within an organization, we think it’s more telling to talk to the people who aren’t nominally at the top of the chain. Imagine Steve Carell’s boss character from The Office, Michael Scott, offering his two cents, versus the honest appraisals of any of...
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A Day In The Life of a Basaltian

Now that a couple months have passed since the New Year, we think that's a great time look at the shape of our lives as they are, not as we wish them to be: our patterns, how we spend time, checking in with how our priorities and goals stack up with how we actually spend our days. In that spirit...
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Essential Ingredients for a Healthy Client Relationship

Every project manager knows how vitally important it is to establish and maintain strong client relationships. The content and tone of the relationship affects everything—the pace and quality of work, cooperation between teams, communication, and the project outcome, to name a few. But just like...
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Why We Only Take Projects That Include Design Systems

We find design systems endlessly fascinating at Basalt. We love talking about them, we love building them, and we believe they’re the keystone for making the web better. And while we’re a young company, we already know that our passion for design systems is no adolescent crush: they’re our whe...
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Design Systems IRL, Part II

Last month, we took a broad strokes view of design systems. The quick version: a design system can exist as both a philosophy and a product, and any really good one—including our fantasy example of the design system that keeps Santa’s Workshop running at peak performance and efficiency—exists...
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Design Systems IRL

Recently, the Basalt team met up to just hang out—which, we’re aware, should mean not talking about work the entire time. And while we had an awesome night, we should confess that we did spend most of the evening talking about the building and implementation of design systems.This is what we’re...
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A Tale of Two Lego Cities

In tech-speak, Component Driven Development is about creating libraries of reusable components that you then use to build websites.However, if you aren’t well-versed in the concepts, this sentence will probably leave you scratching your head.... What actually is Component Driven Developme...
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Project Management for Design Systems Using Pattern Lab

The methodology for tackling a complex project shouldn’t itself be complicated. I’m EVP of Delivery for Basalt, and during my five-plus years of experience managing agile teams for enterprise companies such as Twitter, Workday, and Johnson & Johnson, I’ve learned that the best systems are the...
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Evan Lovely Becomes the Pattern Lab PHP Maintainer

We are delighted to announce that Evan Lovely, our beloved CTO, is taking up the helm as the Pattern Lab PHP maintainer.Pattern Lab, an open-source godsend for creators of design systems, was first built and released in 2012 by tech luminaries Brad Frost and Dave Olsen to showcase Atomic Design...
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