Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

5 Undervalued Skills in Tech… And Why You Should Master Them Anyway

white flower with five petals

Prioritising There is a tendency amongst engineers to try and scope out the whole problem, and understand it all, and then work on fixing... all of it. Being able to say this is the most important thing, and then doing that first - even when it is not the most interesting thing, is a super-power. Do this, and when ...

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Things To Say Yes To

volcano errupting

I got invited to something really cool - KiwiFoo. It's in New Zealand, and my schedule for April is hectic but when have I let little things like long flights and jetlag stop me? So I did what I usually do, booked a flight and told myself I would figure it out. That I could get ...

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The Bubble in The Swamp


I watched the GitHub fallout the other week, and was particularly stuck by this tweet, apologising for defending the culture to feminists. Don't we all do that? Say that where we are is fine, but there are these general problems. I think there are two main reasons for that. 1) It's politically infeasible not to, 2) we ...

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Life After Burnout

PhotonQ-When the Phoenix Rises

I'm currently in what I would describe as a post-burnout-phase. The memory of being burnt out is vivid, and I fear going back there, but I'm doing OK and even cautiously optimistic about the future. Sometimes I resent the cost, and sometimes I just feel so grateful to be in this better place.. and usually, ...

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Why Are We Still Geeks – Panel at GHC

Fortune Most Powerful Women Dinner With Marissa Mayer

Marie Klawe Been worried about image in the media for 20 years. Been working on it, but no progress. But "if you don't even try, you definitely won't succeed". Had many failures, but getting closer to success. There used to be very few female lawyers and doctors, now it's 50%. Still not reaching power - see the ...

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Advancing Your Career With Leadership Presence, GHC 2013

Signature pose of "Power"

Workshop by Pat Kirkland. Panel of CEOs, woman waited 17 minutes for the first laugh. She has to work hard to show she can do the job, men know they have arrived. Presence is the social power granted to you by virtue of how you show up. Leaders are always looking for leaders. Confident. Capable. Adaptable. Approachable. How you ...

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Crisis of Conscience

love notes

At some point, my doubts about whether it was the Right thing to do, to encourage high school girls to go into Computer Science crystallised, and I accepted - I just cannot do it anymore. I cannot tell them that it is a good idea, that they will be treated well, that there are plentiful ...

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

6 Things I Look For When Considering Projects and Teams

Just searching for something

Women in senior roles (I am ignoring the presence of new grad women as a metric - it's a meaningless measure of diversity). A manager with some kind of work life balance. Does he (sadly it's always a he) talk about his kids? Make an effort to moderate his travel for the sake of his wife? ...

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Brenda Chapman at GHC 2013

Brenda Chapman at GHC13

This talk - by the woman behind Brave (Amazon) was absolutely on of my favourite ever GHC talks. Warm, and funny, and inspiring. Talked about some difficult things, but overall positive. Scared to come to GHC, because she's a technological dinosaur. Pixar was full of smart people, but kids. She was in the kids group. It ...

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