Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

The Hardest, Shortest, Lesson Becoming a Manager

"how does computer programming work" "magic"

There's something we all talk about in becoming a manager - and that's the process of writing less code. We bemoan it because it's hard to let go of that part of our identity. But also because it's so quantifiable. Today I wrote X lines of code. Today I deleted Y lines of code. Today I ...

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Book: High Output Management

high output management

High Output Management (Amazon) is a really great, interesting and helpful. It’s a little dated, being written in 1983, and I don’t think it was really updated for the 2015 re-release. What I found most useful were the sections about meetings and decision making. What does a good 1:1 look like? How long should it last? ...

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Diversity is an Attention Economy and the Economics Suck

be the change

A while ago there was an article about how women got more RTs when they talk about diversity than when they talk about anything else. This wasn’t that surprising to women, I don’t think, although it may have been news to some people. Well before this was news, I had been trying to balance what I ...

Friday, December 11th, 2015

New Manager Resources

Danbo has fallen love with cute kitty

A collection of some of the things I've found most helpful for becoming a manager. On 1:1s Two things that are most immediately helpful, especially in answering the questions: what does a manager do? How do I run 1:1s? @Geek_Manager gave a talk about what it means to be a manager . I found it really helpful because I ...

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Technical Interview Questions and Time Management

danbo finds a lightbulb

What Makes a Good Technical Interview Question? Three criteria of  a good interview question: Gives a sense of problem-solving and understanding. Explorable and extendable. Deeply understood by the interviewer. Problem Solving and Understanding What does this look like? The problem presented needs to be decomposed into smaller problems in order to be solved. There are a variety of different answers. This criteria eliminates: Knowledge questions ...

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Advice, Mentors, and Questionably Helpful Emails

Foliage Danbo

Let me start by saying: I hate giving advice and I try not to do it. Typically my "advice" falls under two categories (in that order, often deployed together): Telling people that whatever their reaction (stress, sadness, fear...) is understandable. Suggesting books or lines of thinking that I have found helpful in related situations. Of course the urge to ...

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

A Question

16/365²: Sin ideas

There's a question that I have found myself asking a lot over the last two years: "do you know what a good environment looks like, though?" I ask it when a friend comes to me with anxiety about performance reviews. I ask it to the friend who left a bad environment only to end up in another ...

Monday, October 26th, 2015

My Life as a White Migrant

Tiny Raccon perches on a pillow on a business class airline seat. Below sits a passport, in a case that says "without this I

  Ever since I read this article on the use of the word "expat" being exclusive to white people from western countries, I have been thinking about my own experiences living in a variety of places, through that lense. The words we use are not the only difference. When it comes to my immigration situation, there is ...

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

#GHC15: Jo Miller – Build your brand as an emerging leader or technical expert

jo miller on stage

My notes from @Jo_Miller's session at GHC. The Emerging Leaders Quandary - can’t get recognised as someone who is ready to lead a larger team.  Why we get stuck - you can’t get that higher level job without the leadership experience… but you can’t get the leadership experience without the job. Do not outsource your career development to ...

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