The Pros & Cons of 5 Different Development Career Paths

In my last post about tech careers, Begin Your Career with the End in Mind, I encouraged you to think about what you want from your time on the planet. I also challenged you to think about your career as a tool to get you to your final destination.

As you launch out from a degree in computer science or a related field, there are five different directions you could go. I’m going to take a critical look at each of these, hopefully helping you understand the options available and decide which types of jobs will help you live your best life. Read more on The Pros & Cons of 5 Different Development Career Paths…

Six Steps for Effectively Helping a Coworker Resolve an Issue

Have you ever had a coworker approach you with an issue they are dealing with? Sometimes, issues come up through minor complaints or occasional venting. Other times, issues are front and center as the main topic of a conversation. When this happens, how can you help your coworker without taking ownership of their issue? Read more on Six Steps for Effectively Helping a Coworker Resolve an Issue…

Three Ways to Build Up New Teammates as a Technical Mentor

As Atomic continues to grow via our Accelerator program, our core value of Teach and Learn is putting some heavy emphasis on Teach. One of our first graduates from the program was feeling nervous about being a mentor to someone new. They asked me for advice and, thinking back on 10 years of working in software at Atomic and training new people, I came up with a list of big things to keep in mind when working with new developers. Read more on Three Ways to Build Up New Teammates as a Technical Mentor…

Three Google Calendar Hacks for Busy Teams & Complex Schedules

I like to think of spring as the real start of the year. The snow starts to melt, the flowers emerge, and the excitement begins! In keeping with this fresh start, it’s time to revisit the tools you use every day to explore what has changed and what you can use differently. Below are three ways to optimize your use of Google Calendar and stay organized. Read more on Three Google Calendar Hacks for Busy Teams & Complex Schedules…

Annoyed by Everyday Frustrations? Try a Little Humility

A lot of people think humility is a good characteristic to have both in and out of the workplace. But why? You might say it’s because people who lack humility are arrogant, and arrogant people aren’t any fun to be around. But while that’s true, I think there’s much more to it. Read more on Annoyed by Everyday Frustrations? Try a Little Humility…

Resources for Middle School Girls to Learn Programming

While we were at the Junior Achievement Girls Dream Fair a few months ago, a middle school girl came up to our booth. She went carefully through a sheet of questions, writing down my answers word for word.

“Anything else you’re curious about?” I asked when she was done.

After a pause, she asked, “Is computer science hard?”
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