Two Resources for Introducing Young Developers to Testing and Quality

At Atomic, we’re doing a great job of taking on and training up new grads to be excellent developers through our Accelerator program. I recently gave a talk to introduce them to some testing concepts and quality attributes that they should be thinking about in their work. Read more on Two Resources for Introducing Young Developers to Testing and Quality…

The Mental Stages of Programming

The other evening, I was figuring out how to implement something on a personal project. While I was working, I was also texting my thoughts to my significant other. In the span of roughly 30 minutes, I sent him a series of messages that demonstrated my mental stages of working through a programming problem in a humorous (and possibly dramatic) fashion, and I wanted to share them here.
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Three Tips for a Positive, Effective Team from Casey Watts

I recently heard the excellent talk “A Neurobiologist’s Guide to Mind Manipulation” by Casey Watts at EmberConf. Part of the talk focused on techniques for keeping a positive attitude, so no one shuts down or shies away from discussion during the project.

Basically, having positive, active teammates leads to a more effective team. Here are a few of the tips I took away from this talk.
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Book Review – Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change

I appreciate books that provide an easy-to-remember, visual framework for the key points. Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change, Second Edition is one of those books. The framework is a six-quadrant grid meant to help identify ways to influence key behaviors in ourselves and others. Read more on Book Review – Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change…

Tips for Making Persuasive Arguments

We can all agree that making persuasive arguments is both exceedingly critical to collaboration and exceedingly difficult. Thus, I’ve been delighted to work through a book on persuasion–The 7 Triggers to Yes. It’s a new favorite of mine, and in this post, I’ll share the seven triggers, discuss one in more detail, and describe some of the other great content in the book. Read more on Tips for Making Persuasive Arguments…

Three Benefits of Speaking at a Conference

I recently travelled to Kitchener, Canada, to speak at Targeting Quality 2016, a great little conference with a good range of speakers and topics. Going to conferences is a good way to learn and expand your network, and if you go to one as a speaker, there are a few more benefits –besides the obvious one of not having to buy a ticket!
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