Thursday, April 21st, 2016

The Trouble With Women’s Events

GHC 2014 badge, "Google" is modified to say "Xoogler" instead.

There’s a theme emerging in my backchannel lately, as my girlfriends and I discuss why we aren’t doing certain events. And often, these are events for women. We used to retreat to these events because we weren’t welcome - or safe - anywhere else. But now, we see lots of technical events working really hard to ...

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

That Remote Work Think Piece Has Some Glaring Omissions (A Rant)

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When I started thinking about what would be next for me after my year of funemployment, remote work weighted pretty highly on my list. People who know me might think that it's because of my geographical indecision, and yes, that was a consideration, but the biggest factor for me was not actually that. I didn't want to cry ...

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Interview Prep Tips

Credit: Wikipedia

I have done a lot of technical interviews. And mainly I think that interviewers have to change, but I do have some suggestions for interviewees. Ages ago I wrote up my prep list for interviewing at The Conglomerate, which is comprehensive, and frankly excessive. This is the short version with the benefit of spending more ...

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Bad Interviews are a Company Problem, not a Candidate Problem

two raccoons fighting

We know technical interviewing is a problem but rather than asking interviewers to do better, a lot of suggested solutions push that problem off onto people we interview rather than those who are doing the interviewing. This comes up a lot because the hiring process is the second most popular place to improve "diversity" after teaching ...

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Advice for White Men

I think of this picture as "they think they are different because they are all wearing different socks"

Some famous white dude in tech tweeted an inane remark that erased a significant portion of the population, and one of my friends was really mad. I asked why. Because my observation is that this guy dispenses advice for white men. In long form, and in trite remarks on Twitter. He tells them what they want ...

Monday, January 18th, 2016

2016: Scale

Apophysis 3D fractal ball

For 2016, I chose the word “scale”. Couple of reasons for this: As a new manager, I feel like this is the biggest thing I need to work on. I really want to focus on projects that have the best ROI. Scale, to me, means eliminating the good-but-not-great. What does “scale” look like? How do I make 10 other ...

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

A Story

Credit: Flickr / Takashi Hososhima

When I worked at The Conglomerate, I used to interview mostly women. Not slightly more. We're talking a 2:1 or even 3:1 ratio. Why? Well The Conglomerate was (probably still is) a Pipeline Organization. They believed that the problem with diversity was that they just needed to Hire More Women. And so they would want to ...

Monday, January 11th, 2016

2015: Ship

three danbos, holding balloons

For 2015, I chose the word ship. I did this for a couple of reasons: Taking some “time out” can easily turn into achieving nothing. It was important to me that I had something to show for my time. I wanted to bias towards putting stuff out there. I am very achievement oriented, and this gave me achievements ...

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 ...

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