Entries by Kayla Elkin

Sketching, Scope, and Stories: An Intro to Agile Development

Agile software development methodologies have become the norm in large tech companies. Self-managing Agile teams develop software incrementally to align with consumer needs. Agile is primarily a mindset and can be difficult to learn.  That’s why product strategist Judith Sol Dyess introduces Code Platoon students to Agile development principles and practical starting advice. Judith structures… Continue Reading Sketching, Scope, and Stories: An Intro to Agile Development

Sharing a Road to Veteran Mental Health

Over the course of his career, Chris Miller has held positions including Marine Corps Towgunner, sushi chef, mental health worker, full-stack developer, and community outreach coordinator. Chris shares his journey from overcoming untreated PTSD after Service to helping Veterans and their families get mental health treatment at The Road Home Program at Rush University.  “I’ve… Continue Reading Sharing a Road to Veteran Mental Health

Adapting Military Team Building Skills to the Tech World

Imagine a small town. Every day, the townsfolk gather in the same field to let their cows graze. While popular research suggested that the cows would overgraze the pasture, research by (Nobel Prize winner) Elinor Ostrum shows that these communities ably manage their own resources. People often do their best work in small, communal teams.… Continue Reading Adapting Military Team Building Skills to the Tech World

From Teaching to Technology

Teachers have many skills that make them excellent candidates for the tech workplace. Decision-making, adaptability, management, and problem-solving are skills that good teachers and programmers have in abundance.  Like many educators during the Covid-19 pandemic, Kat Wegrzynowicz, a military spouse and former special education instructor, left teaching. She decided to pursue a new opportunity in… Continue Reading From Teaching to Technology

Code Platoon Rated 100/100 “Give with Confidence” by Charity Navigator

CHICAGO, April 13, 2022 – Code Platoon is proud to announce that our strong financial health and ongoing accountability and transparency have earned a 100/100 rating from Charity Navigator’s Encompass Rating System. This score indicates that our organization uses its donations effectively based on Charity Navigator’s criteria and designates Code Platoon as an official “Give… Continue Reading Code Platoon Rated 100/100 “Give with Confidence” by Charity Navigator

Diversity and Inclusion Workshop Prepares Veterans for the Tech Workplace

The tech field values hiring and supporting diverse teams now more than ever. Top tech companies are increasing their inclusion efforts and hiring people from more varied backgrounds. Research shows that diverse software engineering teams more creatively problem solve and develop products that better serve their customers. Because of this trend, diversity and inclusion training… Continue Reading Diversity and Inclusion Workshop Prepares Veterans for the Tech Workplace