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TC-39, the standards body that defines JavaScript, maintains a gigantic suite of tests for the language. The name of that test suite is Test262. When we started extending Test262 to cover brand new language features, we knew we were in for some surprises.

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Bam! Zap! Ka-boom! Pow(ell)! We're exploding with joy because Laura Powell has joined the coop as our Operations Manager.

A native of our home state of Massachusetts, Laura joins us after her time at Wistia, and we're excited to have her on board to help manage our facilities, logistics, and generally keep the good ship Bocoup afloat.

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Our friend and colleague April Hart has left Bocoup. Though we will dearly miss her spirit and enthusiasm, we’re really excited for her next big adventure and can’t wait to see what she does next.

April has impacted Bocoup’s culture and values in immeasurable ways, and has played a big part in making Bocoup the diverse and inclusive company it is today. Joining Bocoup just over five years ago, she helped Bocoup grow in more ways than one as it moved from a small office in Fort Point to its current offices in Boston, New York, and to many remote desks across the East and West coasts. April’s creativity and strategic thinking have helped shape a number of our business processes, including laying the original groundwork for what would later become our scheduling software, and working with our customers and engineers to find meaningful projects.

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In the beginning of 2015, we started another important project for the open web. Of course you haven't forgotten, but for all the folks just joining us: Google and Bocoup teamed up to improve Test262, the official test suite for the JavaScript language. Our goal was to improve the dependability of the web platform (not just the V8 engine) as a base for application development. We focused on improving coverage for new features being introduced by the then-unfinished ES2015 specification, but we cast a wide net for ways to add value. The eighteen months that followed have been crammed full of adventure, discovery, and beauty. We filed hundreds of bugs on V8 and SpiderMonkey, and landed dozens of patches to V8 and to the specification itself. There's even been some derring-do! In this post, we'll recap some of that magic and share our ideas on how to prolong it.

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Today, we are pleased to announce Open Design Kit - a collection of remixable methods designed to support creativity and problem solving within the context of the agile and distributed 21st century workplace. We are creating this kit to share the techniques we use within our open design practice at Bocoup and teach to collaborators so they can identify and address design opportunities. As of the publication of this post, the kit can be accessed in a GitHub repository and it contains a dozen methods developed by fifteen contributors – designers, educators, developers from in and outside of Bocoup.

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Designing in a vacuum is challenging. It’s more than challenging - it’s hard, painful, sad, depressing, defeating, pointless, infuriating, lonely - you get my point? It can potentially be debilitating for a creative to be working in a silo, which from time to time could happen on a project. To address this, we are experimenting with some techniques to support pair designing at Bocoup.

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In between client work and working with my design colleagues on an internal project, I’ve been busy creating a Bocoup style guide. One of the fantastic things about Bocoup is that we make a lot of the tools we use to track our work, schedules, and skills—but we didn’t have an easy way for anyone who was making a tool to theme it in something that looked like Bocoup. What often happened is Bocoupers cobbled together styles in the best way possible from the sources available, scouring our repos for what could be reusable.

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Recent communication apps, like Slack, have lowered the barrier of entry for the use of bots to increase productivity. There are many techniques that I, personally, have tried in the past for time management, but none that I ever ended up fully adopting. Despite that, I always have been fascinated with what my colleagues were using.

I've known about the Pomodoro Technique for years, but incorporating it into my workflow has always felt interruptive. I had all but forgotten about the approach until our design team presented how they were using it recently.

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We've long been making bots with hardware, now we're making them with software too!

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Today, we're proud to announce the launch of the Johnny-Five Inventor's Kit! You can head over to Sparkfun's blog to read the full announcement from our very own Jory Burson, but here's the quick version:

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