How to Present Your Portfolio at a Software Design Job Interview

I recently had coffee with a young professional designer. She was lacking confidence after leaving her current position and needed a bit of encouragement. We talked for over two and a half hours about her portfolio, interview skills, and the industry in general.

While every person is different, I find myself giving young designers many of the same pieces of advice about interviewing for a software design position. Read more on How to Present Your Portfolio at a Software Design Job Interview…

Three Habits That Will Slowly Make You a Better Developer

There are lots of ways to improve as a developer quickly—keeping track of what’s going on in the industry, reading books, maintaining outside projects, and watching talks are some of the obvious ones. But there are a few habits you can adopt in your day-to-day work that will slowly improve a different set of skills over time. Read more on Three Habits That Will Slowly Make You a Better Developer…

Five Tips for Sharing a Project Retrospective with Your Whole Company

I recently attended a retrospective led by a team of Atoms who worked on a large project. My colleagues were both vulnerable and knowledgeable as they shared challenges, successes, and hard-won lessons.

Two Atoms from the team shared their process for creating the project retrospective with me. I organized their thoughts into five tips your team can use to conduct a valuable, company-wide project retrospective.
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Seven Influential and Inspirational Women in Tech

The topic of gender diversity in technology is becoming increasingly popular as the gender gap begins to close, but I find that people do not really understand why this diversity is important–or even more worrisome, how women can contribute to the advancement of technology. Read more on Seven Influential and Inspirational Women in Tech…

How to Mentor at a Student Hackathon & Why You Should Give it a Try

Mentoring student hackathons is one of the best ways to have a direct impact on your local tech community. Hackathons are essentially invention/creation marathons that focus on building small software or hardware projects.

I’ve been mentoring and attending hackathons for over two years now, and they’re consistently among the most enjoyable experiences in my life. Read more on How to Mentor at a Student Hackathon & Why You Should Give it a Try…

Driving Change at Your Workplace – 5 Questions to Ask

You want to make a change in your workplace. Perhaps a process you use every week is driving you crazy and feels inefficient. Or there’s a policy that rubs you the wrong way and doesn’t seem logical. You may be asking yourself: Does anyone else care? Do I have the clout to make the change? Where do I even begin? Read more on Driving Change at Your Workplace – 5 Questions to Ask…