Taking Notes with org-roam

Photo by Brittany Bendabout / UnsplashAs a long time Emacs user and org-mode user, I was hopeful that org-roam could tame the plethora of paths offered for taking notes and keeping track of information. The key factor was understanding this article on How to Take Smart-Notes with Org-mode. I'll admit that…

Visualizing Work

Photo by Ghis ‍ ‍ / UnsplashOne inevitable part of engineering management is some form of ticket management. For most, that means using Jira, and I've yet to meet someone who likes it. However, despite the distaste for Jira, everyone knows if we didn't have ticket tracking, getting things done would be messy…

Running Meetings

Photo by Zane Lee / UnsplashIt shouldn't be surprising that as a manger, you have a lot of meetings. There are the organization wide meetings, syncs with other managers, staff meetings, 1:1s, project meetings, etc. One thing I've tried to do (and struggled with quite a bit) is running efficient…

Manager Deliverables

Photo by Pope Moysuh / UnsplashOne of the hardest things going from programming to managing has been the change in output. People often write about it is challenging being a manager because you don't get those quick wins like you do as a programmer. Some challenging bug doesn't get fix in…

Life Updates

Photo by George Kourounis / UnsplashThe beginning of this year I made a commitment to write at least once a week. For those few people counting, that has clearly not happened. While I don't like to make excuses, I think I have some really good ones that certainly trump blogging in…

Getting Started

Photo by Eric Ward / UnsplashOne thing that is always hard when you're new to something is knowing how to get started. When I try to learn a new language or library, I often get analysis paralysis because I have no idea what is the right way to do things. I…

Making Career Decisions

Photo by chuttersnap / UnsplashThere are times in your career where you need to make some decision. Finding a new job is a great example, but there are smaller aspects such as taking on a project, doing a side projects or joining a group all can have an impact on your…

Failing

Photo by Quino Al / UnsplashOne challenge I've found is how to fail and learn without ruining plans and losing trust. In order to write up a plan you have to make assumptions. As with any assumption, you can easily get it wrong, throwing your well organized plan into a tailspin.…

Making a Dartboard

Photo by Max Lakutin / UnsplashI mentioned to a mentor of mine that there are tons of resource for working with people as a manager, but there are so few resources for the nuts and bolts of the job. He mentioned that as he has moved up the organizational ladder, the…