Career Paths

A woman in tech

You will almost never hear me get into a political or religious debate. Simply because I’ve never seen anyone have a reaction of “oh, I never thought of that” in those conversations. However, I will engage in the topic of…

What makes a senior?

I’ve been wanting to write a post about what it means to be a senior for quite sometime. I’m not even particular about senior developer or senior ScrumMaster.  Just what does it mean to be a “senior” within a company.…

What’s Next

I didn’t mean to leave a cliff-hanger from the last post. I honestly just thought it was best to separate the announcements to properly give focus to both. However, with the time spent responding to emails, I should have just combined…

Reference Pet Peeves

Ok this round of pet peeves is not an Agile practice but something many leaders face; the request for a reference.  Early in my career, I rarely would agree to giving a reference. Simply because putting my name on the…

Succession Planning

The common alternate reference for succession planning is “working myself out of a job”.  I’m not a big fan of either of these labels.  I think they both give a negative context/perspective on a really good intention. Let’s start with…

Next degree

I always assumed that at some point I would go back for an advanced degree in computer science.  Originally, I thought I would do it a few years after I was out of college.  That didn’t happen – mostly because…

Don’t burn bridges

Let’s face it – there is usually many facets to why a person leaves a company.  Sure there are stats that highlight bad bosses are at the top of the list but I’ve been pretty lucky in that this has…

Podcast

Not to long ago, I received an invitation to join Bob Galen and Josh Anderson for their podcast for software development professionals.  Since my initial meeting six months prior with Bob at the Leadership Summit was enjoyable and engaging, I…

Over Qualified?

As a frequent interviewer, I’ve often heard comments along the lines… “He’s overqualified.”  This typically is followed with requesting this person be removed from the candidate pool or approached with hesitation. When I inquire about these concerns, the answers tend…