I didn’t take computer science in high school. Neither did any of my friends who are women. I was fortunate enough to go to a school district that offered Advanced Placement Computer Science (AP CS). I’m also young enough to remember that I chose to take psychology instead. That decision doesn’t make any sense. I […]
Recently at work, I’ve been reminded how lucky I was to get interested in computer science while I was in high school. My school offered both regular and AP computer science, and I was allowed to do an independent study one semester. These were pretty great opportunities that allowed me to foster and then pursue […]
When I got out of college, I had most of the necessary technical chops, but it hadn’t really prepared me for working in teams. We hadn’t had any specific training on how to work with others effectively. I needed to develop my interpersonal skills. Fortunately, many schools are evolving their education plans to help develop […]
The Minimum Viable Product (MVP) term has outlived its usefulness. Since “MVP” was first popularized by Eric Reis’s book The Lean Startup in 2011, it’s become a catch-all term that means both far more and far less than it once did.
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.
A few weeks ago, I wrote an introduction to the Culture Cycle, a model for understanding how culture changes over time. Today, I’d like to give two examples of the Culture Cycle in action, specifically in the workplace.
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 […]
As a recent college graduate, it’s been exciting to apply things I learned in school to real-world scenarios. Not all of those topics have been totally relevant, but a few have definitely stuck with me. One is called the Culture Cycle, which is used to model the evolution of cultural norms and practices within social […]
One of the aspects of my role at Atomic Object involves hiring new employees. Throughout this process, I’ve come in contact with a lot of graduates from coding bootcamps across the United States. To date, none of these graduates have been a good fit for Atomic. This fact has led me to start formulating a […]
This past weekend, a memo by a Google employee criticizing the company’s diversity goals and practices was leaked to the media. The memo presents sexist and thoroughly debunked views about women, and the ensuing conversation about diversity has been both heated and informative. I have found, however, that there’s something mostly missing from this conversation: a […]