Why software development?

I had an interesting question posed to me after attending my session last week.  She asked me “If you are no longer coding, why limit yourself to the software development industry?”   My answer was simply “I love it.” but…

The value of Ignite

To piggyback from last week’s topic, most of the options I listed can seem overwhelming.  Don’t stress, I have a great suggestion that I was lucky to learn from an energetic developer, Jared. One day, Jared approached me asking if…

Encourage you to share

When I submit to conferences, I spend quite a bit of time considering what is important to share.  I can typically go through a program and find tons of sessions about techniques and/or the “how to do it right” sessions,…

Rethinking mistakes

As I started my career, I would often say “if I didn’t think that was dumb at least once a day, I wasn’t pushing myself and learning”.  This was essentially my way of shrugging off the embarrassment from a mistake…

Appreciation Day: Llwellyn

Unfortunately, saying thank you seems to be an after thought more and more.  So at least once a month, I will take a few minutes to publicly appreciate someone that has had an impact on me. This round:  Llwellyn Falco…

Favorite Interview Questions

As someone that enjoys people watching and reading body language, I’ve always been quick to volunteer as an interviewer. Over the years, I’ve developed a few favorite interview questions. What would be an adjective that your co-workers would use most…

Unlearning Delegation

I realize that there is plenty of value in delegating but I really wish I had never learned how to delegate. Delegation came into my world as a manager.  Suddenly, I felt overwhelmed by how much needed to get done…

Lateral Moves

One day I received an email announcing someone had moved from lead developer of one product to another product.  As a result, I sent him a congratulations email.  His response highlighted that this was just a lateral move.  Based on…