Acima Development

Improving software development

About the show

At Acima, we have a large software development team. We wanted to be able to share with the community things we have learned about the development process.
We'll share some tech specifics (we do Ruby, Kotlin, Javascript, and Haskell), but also talk a lot about mentoring, communication, hiring, planning, and the other things that make up a lot of the software development process but don't always get talked about enough.


  • Episode 50: Onboarding

    July 10th, 2024  |  40 mins 9 secs
  • Episode 49: Breaking Down Work

    June 26th, 2024  |  38 mins 2 secs
  • Episode 48: Strategies and Pitfalls of Estimation

    June 13th, 2024  |  42 mins 38 secs
  • Episode 47: Onboarding New Employees

    May 29th, 2024  |  46 mins 19 secs

    The panel delves into the challenges and strategies of onboarding new employees to discuss the importance of communication, mentorship, and understanding context. Mike shares a story from his construction days in New Orleans, where he learned the value of being paired with an experienced team member. This buddy system helped him overcome communication barriers and adapt more quickly to his new environment.

    Effective onboarding involves more than just providing documentation. While documentation is valuable, it must be up-to-date and supplemented with hands-on guidance and practical experience. The panel advocates for giving new employees context about their tasks and the organization. This can include having them use the software as end-users or working directly with customers to understand the system and its impact better. Regular check-ins and skills clinics are also recommended to help employees stay updated and improve their skills.

    Additionally, the podcast highlights the importance of continuous learning and mentorship for all employees, not just new hires. Regular mentor-mentee interactions and collaborative updates to documentation ensure that onboarding remains practical and relevant. Panelists note the pitfalls to avoid, such as not following through on commitments and assigning unsuitable onboarding buddies. Ensuring psychological safety and fostering a supportive culture are crucial to a successful onboarding process.

  • Episode 46: Coding Myths

    May 22nd, 2024  |  36 mins 13 secs
  • Episode 45: Promoting Innovation and Collaboration

    May 8th, 2024  |  34 mins 18 secs
  • Episode 44: Conformity vs Autonomy

    April 24th, 2024  |  52 mins 41 secs
  • Episode 43: Habits 2.0

    April 10th, 2024  |  51 mins 29 secs
  • Episode 42: Habits

    March 27th, 2024  |  50 mins 53 secs
  • Episode 41: Code Reviews

    March 13th, 2024  |  50 mins 48 secs
  • Episode 40: Git

    February 28th, 2024  |  47 mins 5 secs
  • Episode 39: Software Development and Music

    February 14th, 2024  |  34 mins 52 secs
  • Episode 38: Burnout and Work-Life Balance

    January 31st, 2024  |  41 mins 58 secs
  • Episode 37: Introduction to Ruby

    January 17th, 2024  |  40 mins 56 secs
  • Episode 36: Dubugging Tools

    January 3rd, 2024  |  45 mins 42 secs
  • Episode 35: Which IDE is Best For Developers?

    December 20th, 2023  |  40 mins 22 secs