Culture

Andreas Can
Posted by Andreas Can
May 2, 2016

Collaborating Remotely

 A New Era

As we reach towards the first quarter of the 21st century we are being hurled into a more digital world. Our cars, homes, phones, even our plants have become intertwined with some technological application. What that inevitably means is that digital jobs are also growing more and more. At Metova, we have been matching this growth both locally and remotely to continue creating applications for our clients. Working remotely comes with its benefits and challenges. However, if properly set up, it can be a very productive way to get in the zone during development and creative processes.

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Abbey Jackson
Posted by Abbey Jackson
April 27, 2016

So You're Thinking Of Making a Career Change

Career changes are scary. It takes a special kind of person to leap into the fire as an adult with bills to pay and family expectations to meet. If you’re thinking of making a career change, do you have what it takes? Have you thought about your family, your bills, how you will feel being the newbie in a career surrounded by smart young grads?

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Jennifer Pike
Posted by Jennifer Pike
April 27, 2016

The Best of April Fools 2016

 April Fools is a day when both individuals and companies try to have a bit of fun. I always love seeing what companies come up with as their April Fools prank. Here is a collection of pranks from this year that were particularly entertaining.

 

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Dave Lane
Posted by Dave Lane
April 19, 2016

Theory of Constraints: How to Change

How to ChangeOutline the tactics which will clarify what needs to happen...

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Dave Lane
Posted by Dave Lane
April 12, 2016

Theory of Constraints: What To Change To?

Metova uses the Theory of Constraints in daily decision making. As such, we want Metovians to have a working knowledge of tools that will help them find and alleviate the constraint. This series of blog posts follows along with a class our CTO, Dave Lane, is teaching at our Franklin, TN office. If you missed the other articles, it's not too late to catch up! They are listed below.

Introduction to the Theory of Constraints

What to Change?

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Dave Lane
Posted by Dave Lane
April 7, 2016

Theory of Constraints: 5 Focusing Steps

Five Focusing Steps

1. Identify the Constraint

In order to increase the throughput of the system, you must alleviate the current bottleneck — the thing currently limiting you from attaining your goal. A common failure in identifying the constraint is the discovery of future assumed constraints. Remember that alleviating a constraint will result in the emergence of a new constraint: this means any effort expended toward solving a future constraint is a waste until the current constraint is removed.

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Dave Lane
Posted by Dave Lane
April 5, 2016

Theory of Constraints: What to Change

Last week we introduced the Theory of Constraints. Every situation will always have a constraint that needs to be alleviated. There are three key questions that ToC can help you answer.

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Dave Lane
Posted by Dave Lane
March 29, 2016

Theory of Constraints: Introduction

Here at Metova, we aim to teach the people we hire to find autonomy, mastery, and purpose. We have found one of the most important abilities to obtain this is problem solving. Critically thinking and evaluating your situation is useful in all areas of your life. At work, it helps us stay highly aligned and loosely coupled, another factor in our culture. Finding the constraint and working out how to alleviate it using the the tools we will discuss aids in communication and gives context to purpose. Dave Lane, CTO has been teaching classes for Metovians using a manual he wrote. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing this so that you too can learn to use the Theory of Constraints and work on your autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

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Matthew Burton
Posted by Matthew Burton
February 2, 2016

Unit Test Your Communication

I often read great blog posts about good ways to communicate, but articles about knowing if or when you are communicating poorly are harder to come by. I’d like to talk about ways to identify and improve poor communication, from the perspective of the ‘unit test’.

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Mark Mynsted
Posted by Mark Mynsted
January 20, 2016
Jeremy Devooght
Posted by Jeremy Devooght
December 8, 2015

Don't Let The Holidays Weigh You Down

Some call this time of year “the season of giving”. We open ourselves up to those around us. We open our wallets to the less fortunate and our homes to family members and the delicious goodies they bring. While moderation is recommended in consuming these treats, it can be particularly difficult at this time of year. If you are not the type to forego the whipped topping on the pumpkin pie, fear not! There are still some things you can do for your health that don’t involve putting that cookie back (although, depending on how many cookies you’ve already had, you may want to still consider it).

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Jennifer Pike
Posted by Jennifer Pike
December 1, 2015
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