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 ...

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

So, You Finally Have a Woman on Your Team?

odd one out

Some unsolicited thoughts (OK, advice) for managers who finally have a woman reporting to them. 1. Meaningful Projects None of us got into the tech industry for the casual misogyny and the rampant sexual harassment, and we don't go into work excited for the possibility of someone mistaking us for the help. Same as the dudes, we ...

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

10 Ways to Develop Your Plan B

The Backup Plan

Following on from The Disillusionment of the Early Career Engineer, I could write a number of different things, but the thing that I find people having the biggest trouble with, that I am continually nudging people on, is the finding of other options and opportunities. I don't know why. Do people view this as disloyal? There's ...

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Presenting Gives Me Nightmares, but I Still Do It: Here’s How

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I get very nervous presenting, although it's something I do relatively often. This is not out of enthusiasm for getting up on stage, but rather because I find myself in the position of being the least unwilling engineer. After my last presentation I was told that I didn't need to be nervous, because I was good ...

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Walking The Line

tightrope walking-site

I've been thinking, and worrying, and talking with other women about the how hard it can be to walk the line between being a bitch, and being a pushover, for a long time. It took me a long time to realise, that this line isn't just a line we walk because it is there, isn't just ...

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Book: The Male Factor

The Male Factor

This book - The Male Factor: The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions, and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace (Amazon) has to be one of the most depressing books I have ever read. Sometimes, surrounded by men, I think that I don't understand the rules of the game that is on. Having read this book, and had so ...

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

5 Tips When Applying to Opportunities For Women in STEM

baby terence

I've now reviewed a bunch of applications, for a number of different events. I've run the sessions that come afterwards deciding on who gets what, and as a result there are some mistakes that I've seen over and over again. I'm sure some women get rejected when they have a lot to offer, and part of ...

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

The Pipeline is a Bullshit Argument, and Other Rants

melting girl

The latest comments are from a guy who runs a startup incubator, but next week it will be someone else. Men, so many men, would like to explain why there are no women in the tech industry, and how it is not, actually, their fault, and there is nothing they can do, so can we ...

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