Resolving Conflict when Others Disappoint, Step 3 – The Conversation

In our previous posts, we talked about deciding when to have a conversation with someone who has disappointed you, and how to prepare for having this kind of emotionally charged and difficult conversation. Now it’s the big day! The work isn’t over yet: Here are additional things to keep in mind so you can have a constructive conversation with someone who let you down. Read more on Resolving Conflict when Others Disappoint, Step 3 – The Conversation…

Resolving Conflict when Others Disappoint, Step 1 – Is This Worth Discussing?

We’ve all been in situations where others let us down. Maybe a co-worker missed a deadline, putting you in a tight spot. Maybe your friend is keeping you from being on time to an event for the umpteenth time. Maybe a peer plagiarized your work from a group project, and you now feel that they took advantage of your trust in them. Read more on Resolving Conflict when Others Disappoint, Step 1 – Is This Worth Discussing?…

Your Dev Project Is a Classroom; Be Intentional about Learning

If you’re like me, you always learn something new on a project, but it’s usually incidental. Your focus is on writing code, and the learning just kind of… happens.

I’m here to tell you that you’re wasting a great opportunity. Your colleagues have a lot to teach you—and a lot to learn from you. A project team is a perfect environment for learning, but you’ll only get the full value if you’re intentional and thoughtful about it. Read more on Your Dev Project Is a Classroom; Be Intentional about Learning…

Programming Meets Music with Sonic Pi

At the recent GOTO Chicago conference, Sonic Pi creator Sam Aaron gave a rocking presentation about his code-turned-music program, which is aimed at getting anyone from kids to professional musicians interested in software development. After the keynote, Sam gave a performance for the conference, an entertaining demonstration of the power of code. Read more on Programming Meets Music with Sonic Pi…

Questions to Ask Your First Prospective Tech Employer

Working in technology today is a great place to be. The question isn’t really if you’ll get a job as you leave school, but rather which one you’ll take. New grads have a lot of power in the marketplace. I would encourage you to wield that power wisely as you weigh the first move in your career.

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Finding the Right Balance Between Planning & Building on Agile Projects

Finding and maintaining balance is a major theme of life—between work and leisure, time alone and time with others, eating healthy food and enjoying a treat.

Software projects also involve a lot of balancing. One big facet (highlighted by conversations around Agile vs. Waterfall) is the balance between spending time to build precise plans in advance vs. starting to build real software as soon as possible and leaning on feedback to work toward the best result. Read more on Finding the Right Balance Between Planning & Building on Agile Projects…

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