I like Sturgeon’s law for a lot of reasons. But most of all, I like it as a nudge to try harder to like things.
“If I do X, then you’ll do Y, even though neither of us have acknowledged it.” This is crap.
Do anything consistently for a long time (meaning multiple years), and you’ll be good at it.
ICs (independent contributors, aka non-managers) serve the customers, and the rest of the organization serves the ICs.
Do you actually want to write or do you just to be a person who writes?
Write your goals so that outsiders can understand the difficulty and judge completion.
Live chat is for things that can get lost.
Can we please settle this once and for all?
What’s your best failure?
The value of universal understanding outweighs the value of accounting for every possible edge case and gotcha.
There’s no law that says a blog post needs more than one idea or more than one sentence.
If people can’t bring a problem without a solution, then lots of important stuff won’t get talked about. Let the team own the solution.
So you work with an idiot. I know you do, because everyone does. The question is: what do you do about it?
Tim Ferriss selects projects where he wins even if they fail. We can do that too.
The 12WY is a framework that helps me spend time each week working towards my life goals. In the spirit of The Year of Courage, I’m going to start posting my 12WY plans here on the blog.
Yearly themes are like the agile version of New Year’s resolutions. A good one has a firm “what” and “why” but a flexible “how”. My theme for 2021 is The Year of Courage.
I see you serial DM’ers, defaulting to 1-on-1 chats instead of team chat rooms. You may mean well, but you’re a thief.
What does the Great Hanoi Rat Massacre of 1902 have in common with automated testing? Well boy howdy, I’m glad you asked.
Merry Christmas, from me and my much cooler wife!
I’m talking to you, Mr. or Mrs. Person who keeps saying “I should really start a blog.” Yes, you should. So do it!
It’s been a year full of life rules for me. These are the ones that have stuck.
How a good name can give a boring idea impact.
My most loved and most hated books from this year’s challenge.
And here’s to thousands more!
Look for the fire!
I can’t answer that. Can you?
Easy team jelling advice: say more.
(And if not, what the heck are we even doing here?)
Why we may be better off learning from a fellow beginner
One of the many things coding and fishing have in common.
Learn from my mistakes so you don’t have to make them.
I’m only half kidding.
I’ve made a terrible mistake.
Because I’m not good enough to wing it.
AKA the “YGOD” approach, I guess?
On breaking the cycles that aren’t working with the people driving you crazy
On the sneaky power of innate human deafness
🎵 What do we do with a one-track coder, ear-ly in the mooooorning? 🎶
Stop arguing about the past!
And they said it couldn’t be done!
Once again, it all comes back to fear.
Dear future me, So you’ve got a problem, yeah? If it’s really a problem, then attack it with the force of a thousand suns. If you’re not willing to do that, then it’s not a problem. Intense intervention or acceptance, those are your options. Pick one, right now. Sincerely, past me.
The power of going off-script
On creating beacons of meaning when there’s a client in the mix
In which I realize I have social anxiety.
On feeling good after finishing, not before starting.
Warmth is the goal.
(According to the book “The Effective Manager” by Mark Horstman)
“I’ve found that whenever you ask a question, the first response you get is usually not the answer—it’s just the first response.”
But “Value Velocity” does!
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