“When doing project management, you can’t ensure everything goes smoothly, only the things you focus on.”
If the above statement is true, then the things that do not go smoothly are the ones you chose not to focus on, and your inattention is why they failed.
Choose carefully, else others will choose for you by being noisy – “whichever stakeholder makes the most noise” is not a viable prioritization strategy for your attention.
Among the most powerful of team building and communication tools a leader can have is the retrospective (known in some circles as “postmortem” or “root cause analysis”). During the retrospective, the team talks about as a group and without blame of individuals what went well, what didn’t, and how they can improve.
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Watching the logistics of how a Starbucks stays open during construction is fascinating and speaks volumes towards “organizational resilience”.
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It’s a month of lessons into our #learntocode group (we took a few weeks off over the holidays) and I’ve been learning a lot about myself, my students, programming and how people learn entirely new concepts.
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When picking who you’re going to go into the fray with…
Find a leader who understands that trust is important.
Also find one that knows it is earned, not given. They'll likely understand that it’s easily broken, but double check.
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Note: This was written shortly after GiveCamp. It's been sitting in my drafts folder for 4 months, for which I apologize
In July, I had the chance to go to the 2017 Cleveland GiveCamp.
GiveCamp is a annual event where ~200 programmers and designers get paired with
a collection of non-profit organizations to help with their technology needs.
Most often, that means a website that allows for donations, contact forms and
photo galleries of what the nonprofit does. This was my 7th GiveCamp – I
attended in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
and Seattle in October 2017 as well.
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Recently, I read an article titled
Time for Makefiles to Make a Comeback
which reminded me of a fantastic UNIX tool that far too many people view as being scary.
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One of the things that gets talked a lot about in our industry is "impostor syndrome" – basically, the inability to internalize our accomplishments and living in persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud.
Continue reading “September 26th 2017 #DevDiscuss – How do you deal with impostor syndrome?”
For the past 2 weeks, I’ve been experimenting with the idea of time blocking my day, and am happy to say that for the most part, it works.
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