I do not know of a single developer who can say they are entirely self-made and standing entirely on their own merits. We have all been profoundly influenced by friends and mentors who have contributed to where we are today.
As part of my quest to really understand the Lean movement, I’m going back to its roots and reading Out of the Crisis, by W. Edwards Deming, originally published back in the 80′s. If you want to know where the idea of continuous improvement, or Kaizen came from, read this book.
Everyone from Ford to Coca-Cola is having hackathons these days; there are hackathons for food and politics, immigration reform and healthcare. In the tech world they’ve become a staple of developer relations. But how useful are they to developers, and are they all equally useful?
Do you work in a computer-related job field? If so, this data released by PhoenixTS might be of interest. A recent survey revealed computer-related job salaries in the top ten states average between $82,000 and $108,000 per year, with Colorado sitting at the top of the list.
Americans may be among the most productive workers in the world, but living up to such high expectations isn’t always easy. Here are seven simple ways to help you stay at the top of the heap.
It’s that time of year where we all give a bit of energy to finding things to be thankful for. Health, love, family, prosperity. But what about the workplace? Have you ever given much thought to what you have to be thankful for on the job?
Monday may be responsible for many sad faces and “sick days,” but let’s be real: Unless you’re singing praises of TGIF, no other day of the week feels quite as spectacular. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to boost your mood while you’re still on the clock. Prepare for Monday on Fridays – The Bangles were [...]
Like most of you out there, I never sat at my desk in high school or college dreaming of one day becoming a “video training author.” In fact, to this day, when a “non-techie” asks me what I do, I usually struggle to explain it and end up just saying, “I do computer stuff.”
You spent all day working on a server only to, at the eleventh hour, make a mistake so large, it sent you back to square one. There was no way to recover, the damage was done. What do you do? How do you recover from such an error? Logic would dictate you re-create your work, omitting the mistake. But after grand mal mistakes, there’s more than just repairing the obvious to be done.
I have found that many software engineers, including myself at times, tend to drift through their careers without having much purpose. You may even call it an accidental career. They go from job to job picking up a new technology here and there but fail to make real progress in their careers.
If you are a manager, you know keeping workers on task can be an absolute nightmare. I’m not talking about employees getting distracted (there’s little you can do about short attention spans); the type of task I refer to is just keeping those employees working toward a singular goal: success. This means keeping track of [...]
Wherever you are at in your career, you might ask yourself “should I speak at conferences?” If you listen to PyCon’s call for proposals (known as a CFP), you’ll see “You. Your friends. Your friends’ friends.” under “Who Should Submit a Proposal.” If you’re looking for more evidence or a shove to say “it’s time to go give a talk,” here are four signs that you should consider submitting proposals.
Don’t miss the train. The term “DevOps” has been around for a few years. And while it may seem to be slowly coming along, it has the potential to get much bigger very soon. What is DevOps? I liken DevOps to being a “one-click release.” For me, DevOps is the merger of development and operations into a combined group, working together to put things into production much more efficiently. For this to happen, each side needs to understand what the other does.
Ah the résumé, a simple piece of paper that stands between you and your ability to pay the bills. A job, a future, a career. As you were going up the ranks of college, few ever warned you just how crucial that piece of pressed paper would be to your life.
Confession: When I graduated college I was a lousy programmer. I had a degree and plenty of book knowledge, so I started a side project and spent hours nightly hacking away. Things started off fine, but my coding style wasn’t doing me any favors.
Disclaimer (aka Real Talk): This is a work of fiction/humor, so please, please do not take these tips at their word. Feel free to use the comments to ask for feedback on real interview how-tos. Facing a job interview is one of THE most stressful things. Depending on how long it’s been since you’ve played [...]
It doesn’t seem all that long ago to many people, but the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) program turned 20 this year. Today there are over 38,000 CCIEs. The program continues to be successful in producing highly qualified network individuals who are prepared for almost any network issues that are thrown at them, specifically for [...]
Did you know that Microsoft has internships? I guess we all knew that most big companies have an internship program, but how do we become an intern? What do we need and what types of intern roles are available? I’ve heard a lot of people say they want to work for Microsoft but not that [...]
What we do for work isn’t always about the money, but not many of us would turn down a higher salary, right? If you’re a software engineer who is shopping around, it’s nice to know ahead of time which companies would be more likely to meet your salary requirement. Glassdoor has released its latest report [...]
Starting your first job out of college can be intimidating. How should I dress? How should I talk? There’s a lot of terrain to navigate and master no matter where you go. But females entering the tech industry have the added battle of entering a world dominated by men.