Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Three Phases of Technical Women


Amongst other technical women, I've observed three broad phases when it comes to their feelings and attitudes with respect to the issues of women in tech. These are my unscientific and generalised observations. Ignorance is Bliss This phase is where women deny that there are any issues facing women in the industry, and sometimes even point to ...

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Pycon AU: Planting Open Source Seeds

Plant Growth Stages

I found this talk by Kenneth Reitz one of the most interesting at Pycon. There was a comprehensive breakdown of the different strategies people take to create and nurture (or not) open source projects, and tales from maintaining them. You're probably better to just read Kenneth's notes, but for what it is worth - here are ...

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Pycon AU: Making Python More Fun for Everyone

Screen shot from Spy Who Coded game

Interesting talk from the creators of SingPath - games to help people learn to code. Left me wanting to try the game! Some insights about women and what they find off-putting - nothing unexpected. Notes below: Intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation: autonomy, mastery, purpose (Dan Pink's book - Amazon). Want to extrinsically motivate people without killing intrinsic motivation. ...

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Book: Unlocking the Clubhouse

unlocking the cloubhouse

I'd heard about this book (Amazon) for a long time, but especially since I arrived here - the other women in the office are huge fans, and talked about it a lot. And I kept thinking I would get around to reading it, but no hurry, I've read a lot of the research, I think ...

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Fighting Monsters

cate with captive

A long time ago, when I was training in China, I was struggling to learn a form correctly and my master threatened me with no food until I got it right. This seemed like a terrible idea, I mean, it was hard enough to focus and be physical on the small amount of food (mostly chicken) ...

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Why I Cut Down On Public Speaking

year of the lolcat

Last year, I gave a lot of talks. I averaged about one a month, but it wasn't spread out evenly. In October, I gave four talks. And then I stopped, and since then I've been putting off talks I intended to say yes to, or just outright saying no (I know, unlike me). There were ...

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

12 Angry Men

12 angry men

As part of the course I'm taking, we watched 12 Angry Men. I don't watch many movies in general, and I've barely seen any black-and-white ones so it was weird. The whole movie was set in one room, and they showed the heat by having the men sweat copiously (like, wet faces, one guys shirt ...

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Trust and Team Dysfunction

Trust No Faces

I'm taking a leadership course at work at the moment, and this week we spent time discussing The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Amazon). I'd recently read Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Amazon) so it was interesting to hear what other people thought of the concepts. There's a pyramid of things - Inattention to Results, Avoidance ...

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Strengthsfinder 2.0


I'm taking a leadership course at work just now, and one of the exercises was to take the StrengthsFinder (Amazon) test. At first I took the test and thought it was a bit rubbish. I didn't really have strong preferences for a lot of things (much of which came from me being very ambivert) and so my ...

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