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…