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 ...

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

The Sixth Time

Grace Hopper badge reads "Cate Huston Google", modified to read "Xoogler"

I'm heading to Houston, Texas this week to go to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. It'll be my sixth time attending, and over the years I've gone in various guises. As a grad student, a Google employee, in disguise (I de-branded myself and refused to do any recruiting activities), as an independent. This year ...

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

12 Challenging Steps to Being a Better Interviewer

Someone in Florida snapped a picture of a raccoon riding a gator at the Ocala National Forest.

Notes from my @TheLeadDev talk on interviewing. Do you follow the discussion about technical interviews? I find it interesting, and worthwhile. I think we kind of tiptoe around two fundamental problems though. 1. Most technical interviewers are bad. 2. We think that technical interviews teach us more than they do. Today we’re going to talk mainly about ...

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Space and Time

danbo buried in sand

The list of things I've learned this year is pretty long, but one thing I keep coming back to is: if you want something different, you have to create space for it. And so I have tried to deliberately create it (with mixed results) but above all be mindful about what (and who) I let in, ...

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

#Øredev14: Dan North – Deliberate Advice from an Accidental Career

Sage advice

My notes from Dan North's talk at Øredev14. “People Love Machine” - About people having an emotional connection with technology. About 25 years in tech, had some wonderful wonderful interactions with people. Later realised pivotal moments. Be aware when you’re interacting, you may be having an impact. Most interactions were from professional life, but realised a number outside of ...

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