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The World Cup Is Here, and So Is BOOM! Carded.

Viget is full of competitive sports fans, some of whom are some pretty rowdy soccer hooligans. So with the World Cup just around the corner, some of us at Pointless Corp. set out to create something fun for the world to use this time around.

The result of a little over a week’s work is BOOM! Carded. — a simple little application that let’s you be the referee in any situation. Your brother just took the last Oreo? BOOM! Bro Carded. Raining all day? BOOM! Sky carded. And most importantly, for the matches of the World Cup, take the “questionable” out of questionable calls and issue cards to the players that rightfully (or wrongfully) deserve them.

We gathered as many of the *736 players’ twitter handles as we could to make your job as referee that much easier. Mention them (@username) or your friends in any card and you can call them out specifically on twitter, or just hold the card up in person to issue it directly.   

We hope you have as much fun with BOOM! Carded. as the **T-E-A-M had making it.

Happy Carding and Happy World Cup!

http://boomcarded.com

*Our 736 World Cup Player Twitter list is available on Twitter here, or if developers want to have some more fun, use this list that includes Name, Position, Club Team, Group, and Jersey Number as well!

**There’s no “I”  in team, but there was some help from a J, B and a K.


A Project Management Approach to Hiring

Having just started as the team’s newest Project Manager, I’ve been reflecting a bit on the hiring process here at Viget. After six years at my previous company and being intimately involved in hiring, it had been a while since I went through the process as an interviewee. The experience made me realize that hiring is analogous to managing projects; there are a number of steps you need to take in order to get it right. Here’s my quick rundown of what both parties - the hiring manager and the applicant - can do to help make the process a successful (and enjoyable!) one.

Plan

As any good PM knows, the first phase in any project is to plan out the process.

Hiring Manager

Figure out what exactly the position is. Viget’s fearless leader, Brian Williams, mentioned at the Viget birthday a month ago that the best way to figure out what sort of person you need to hire for a role is to first do the job yourself. This will help you figure out what the responsibilities of the role are, and what skill set and personality type you need to fill that role. Give yourself some time to think this through; I know in the past, I’ve been so eager to fill a position that I rushed to get the job post up first and started reviewing applications before fully digesting exactly what I needed. It’s easy to become biased towards one candidate or another once you start reviewing resumes.

Applicant

If you don’t already know, figure out what your career goals are! These can be long- or short-term. Do you have a specific path in mind, want to learn a specific set of skills, work in a specific industry, or change office environments? Figure out what you enjoy most about work and what your top priorities are. Get help if you need it! Tests like the Highlands Ability Battery, the DiSC test, or even the Myers-Briggs can help you figure out where your natural strengths are. My top reasons for applying to Viget were my desire to work on a larger project management team, learn more about Ruby on Rails technology, and, of course, the great culture and locations (I’m a Durhamite, and love both the DC area and Boulder)! This step can be a hard one, so don’t let it slow you down. Goals aren’t set in stone, so allow yourself the flexibility to adjust as you learn more about what you enjoy and where your strengths lie.


Blimey, We’re a Feature in the UK’s Leading Web Design Magazine

We were thrilled when our friends across the pond asked to profile Viget for this month's issue of Web Designer Magazine. The issue is a special focus on responsive design, so we’re proud to see our work being considered among the world’s very best.


An Update on PowWow

Over a year ago we initially launched PowWow, a tool designed to help schedule user research sessions. People far and wide started using it, noting that it just made scheduling user research so much easier (exactly what we were hoping to achieve).

We built PowWow for ourselves to fill an internal need, but shared it with the community in the hopes that others would benefit from it as well. We are thrilled by the response we’ve received. To those who tried out PowWow, and especially to those who reached out with feedback and suggestions for improvement, thank you.

We’re back today to announce some exciting new updates.


Upcoming Refresh Boulder - Show & Tell

Working on fun side project? Just launched a client site you're particularly proud of? Interested in getting quick feedback on something that's in progress? At the upcoming Refresh Boulder event, you'll have the opportunity to share your recent work during our community Show & Tell.  

Join us for this event at the Viget office on Thursday May 22nd. The evening kicks off at 6:00 PM with pizza, beer, and some good old fashioned mingling.  At 6:30 PM, we'll start sharing work. If you're interested in sharing, you'll have about 5 minutes to present what you've been working on, as well as some additional time for discussion and questions from the audience.

All of the official details

What: Refresh Boulder

When: Thursday, May 22nd at 6:00PM

Where: Viget Boulder, 1360 Walnut Street, Suite 100 

Why: To come together and refresh the creative, technical, and professional aspects of our trades.  

RSVP: Please RSVP on our Meetup Page

We look forward to seeing you there and hearing about your awesome work!