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 ...

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 ...

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