Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Impostor Syndrome

Windy day

I’ve rejected a number of posts for today, because I worry that whatever comes next will be taken in the context of this. Because today is a day where the schedule says, write about women, and I think, I should write something positive. And there is so little positive to say about women in tech. ...

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

The Myth of the Intersection of Creativity, Energy, and Time

intersection - Plain

There's a common myth that makes side projects close to impossible. It's thinking that side projects can only happen at the intersection of energy, creativity, and time. That's a pretty high bar. That intersection doesn't come around all that often. For me, it's usually about day 3 of a 3 day weekend. The UK has 8 public holiday days a ...

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014


bike shed

One of my friends sent me a grammatical suggestion on something I had written. I assumed he was right, made the edit, but then that looked wrong too, so I looked it up. Discovered they were both fine, but the way I had it was slightly preferred. Sent him the link, without that explanation, because ...

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Software Engineers Aren’t Normal


Techies often try and do design (I am also guilty of this), and typically they design for themselves. I don't think this is uncommon - a lot of people think they would be a good product manager based on little or no evidence, for example. However with techies, there are three common areas where they make mistakes ...

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Passion and the Developer

danbo tightrope

I go to a startup event, and it's interesting to hear non-technical people talking about developers like over-priced commodities. L comes to me for advice, she's contemplating her next move and worrying about whether or not she feels passion for the project. C reads my blog, tells me that she can tell I'm passionate about writing from my writing. I say, "that doesn't ...

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Time Blocking


The thing about knowing more about what you're doing, is that more people want to talk to you about it, and you have less and less time to actually… do it. And so people block their calendars with "Do not Schedule" and "Make Time!" and presumably try to be diligent about actually enforcing this. But it's ...

Monday, July 7th, 2014

I Used To Make Apps

sparkly elephant

In my copious amounts of spare time, I'm been playing with iOS lately (some actual coding posts coming soon, I hope). It's fun, how quickly I can pull together a framework for an app. The satisfaction of something appearing, that didn't used to be there. It's that feeling of making. I miss it. I miss the instant ...

Friday, July 4th, 2014

ModevUX: Turning the Ship Overnight: A Responsive Retrofit at an Enterprise Scale

responsive design

Talk from Capital One on moving their 2,500 page site to be mobile optimised. My Takeaway They drove mobile traffic up from 4%, to 40% in a year. My main shock here was that anyone was seeing mobile traffic as low as 4% in mid-2013. Given general internet trends, mobile traffic much below 40% is a sign ...

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

The Care and Feeding of Interns

Mini Danbo Climbs the Hose

Internships are often billed as a "3 month job interview", but from the other side they are a 3 month stint in being a people manager, and the first opportunity people have to have a real impact on someone else's career. This can be in a good way - the internship that makes the intern feel ...

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