The details you focus on go smoothly, so choose the details carefully

“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.

Premortems are powerful and underutilized

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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2017 Cleveland GiveCamp

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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September 26th 2017 #DevDiscuss – How do you deal with impostor syndrome?

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.

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September 5th 2017 #DevDiscuss – What are some career mistakes you’ve made or observed in others?

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