Writing For Good
Stories, thoughts, and tidbits from the fight to help change the worlds most important organizations for the better
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Release Notes: Weekly Email Updates, Language Support, and Spam Handling + More.
Blake Kohler - 7/8/2020

Weekly Email Updates One of the favorite features of most Pulse For Good users is getting an email update each week sharing what feedback their clients have shared. These emails have needed some updating, and this quarter, we turned our attention to make sure that they were sharing the most needed information. You will notice that the emails were updated to show both organization scores and…

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Anyone who has to deal with time, specifically timezones, has experienced the utter frustration they can cause.
Travis Marble - 6/15/2020

Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and Marty McFly (Michale J Fox), Back to the Future, source (The internet), Copyright (someone else). Anyone who has to deal with time, specifically timezones, has experienced the utter frustration they can cause. Initially when someone would submit a survey response we would capture the time in UTC, this is a fairly standard practice in the software…

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Using retrospectives to improve your organization
Wes Meacham - 6/1/2020

In the mid 20th century, Toyota established a system for production and culture within their manufacturing plants. After the implementation of this system, they saw unprecedented success for the better part of 50 years. One of the innovations that they implemented was giving every factor-line worker the ability to stop the line if a problem arose. They did not need to ask for permission. They were…

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How common current practices might be leading social service providers amiss
Blake Kohler - 5/6/2020

A few days ago the National Alliance to End Homelessness released guidance on how homeless service providers, continuums of care, and other groups serving individuals experiencing homelessness can react to the special needs that have emerged from COVID-19. In **A Framework for COVID-19 Homelessness Response: Responding to the Intersecting Crises of Homelessness and COVID-19 **guidance is broken…

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How partnering with the right people can help your organization free up resources and maximize potential
Wes Meacham - 4/14/2020

Photo by Stefan Vladimirov on Unsplash I once was asked, as many of you probably have been, that if I could choose to have dinner with any four people, who would I choose. I thought about it for a bit, coming up with probably some pretty standard answers: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, etc. However, I was never really pleased with my answer. Something seemed to be missing. That feeling nagged…

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This past week I spent almost 100% of my time focused on writing tests, which also meant I felt a lot of pain.
Travis Marble - 4/13/2020

I have long had a theory, one that wasn’t well received by others, that fast tests that are hard to write are worse than slow tests that are easier to write. On previous projects I have championed writing more integration tests (usually easier to write, but slower to run) than unit tests. Obviously unit tests have their place, but due to the pains of mocking data, mocking the database, and mocking…

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