馃敆聽The Just One Thing (JOT) Method

The JOT Method Here鈥檚 how it works: Take a pen or pencil and turn to a blank page of a notebook. Write today鈥檚 date in the upper left-hand corner. Think of one simple task that you鈥檝e been putting off. Write it down underneath the date. Do that task and only that task. Don鈥檛 write out a to-do list. It鈥檚 easy to let yourself get distracted by all of the other undone tasks you aren鈥檛 doing....

April 1, 2024 路 1 min 路 155 words

馃敆聽An Engineering Leader’s Job Search Algorithm

馃捈 An Engineering Leader鈥檚 Job Search Algorithm If you do nothing else from this guide, please: Use employee referrals to get your application noticed. Participate in practice interviews to level up your interviewing skills. Always negotiate your offer. Remember that job searching is hard, but your new team is excited to have you join鈥搕hey just don鈥檛 know it yet! Communicating Impact For each job on your resume, you鈥檒l want one or more bullet points that outline what action you took, what you achieved, the impact it had, and perhaps the tech that was used....

March 18, 2024 路 2 min 路 279 words

馃敆聽The thread

The thread - Josh Bernoff What is the thread? It is the throughline of any blog post, essay, or book chapter. The point Setup Reasoning Exploration The point Start with the end in mind. What is the point? Write the title and the lede based on that. Then, the setup. What is the problem? What is have I noticed? Then, reasoning. Examples. Stories. Structures and frameworks. Subsidiary points. Then some additional richness....

March 16, 2024 路 1 min 路 105 words

馃敆聽Simple tips for managing any project

Simple tips for managing any project | by swardley | Jan, 2024 | Medium These questions are my simple tips for managing any project. 鈥淲ho are the users?鈥 鈥淲hat are the users鈥 needs?鈥 鈥淲hat capabilities do we need to meet those needs?鈥 鈥淲hat components do those capabilities need?鈥 鈥淗ow evolved are these components?鈥 鈥淗ow are we managing these components?鈥

February 4, 2024 路 1 min 路 59 words

馃搵聽Quantifiable achievements

It鈥檚 important to understand that recruiters and hiring managers are often looking for concrete evidence of your accomplishments in previous roles. Quantifying your achievements means providing specific, numerical data to illustrate the impact you鈥檝e made. Here鈥檚 how you can effectively do this: Use Numbers and Metrics: Quantify your impact with data, e.g., 鈥淩educed website load times by 40% through optimised code.鈥 Project Successes: Highlight successful projects, e.g., 鈥淟ed a team of 5 to develop a new application, delivered 3 weeks ahead of schedule....

December 14, 2023 路 2 min 路 241 words

馃彏聽Share Google Files Securely: The Why and How

Increasing levels of sharing access for files in Google Drive (source) Always remember these three guiding principles when choosing your share settings: Share with the fewest people and lowest level of access and permission as the work allows. Be aware of searchable settings that may unintentionally share the file with others. If no longer needed, reduce sharing permissions or delete files. Combining these principles with an understanding of Stanford鈥檚 risk classifications will help you make the best sharing choices....

October 12, 2023 路 1 min 路 86 words

鉁傦笍聽SQLite

Small information nuggets and recipies about SQLite

September 21, 2023 路 1 min 路 71 words
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馃挱聽鈥淭he Business鈥 considered harmful

Few corporate speak expressions annoy me in as much as these 2 words: 馃槵 鈥淭he business鈥 This is a pet peeve of mine, for sure. But beyond that, it鈥檚 important we stop covering decision makers behind 鈥淭he Business鈥 curtain. There is no such entity called 鈥淭he Business鈥 in companies. 鈥淭he Business鈥 isn鈥檛 a job function or role or group of people. 鈥淭he Business鈥 is everyone in the company. So what is happening in reality, behind 鈥淭he Business鈥 curtain?...

June 4, 2023 路 3 min 路 519 words
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馃挱聽Pairing Reviews: Bridging the gap between pair programming and code reviews

Paring technical sessions for kick-offs and reviews can be a good alternative for programmers frustrated with async code reviews and unhappy with continuous pair programming.

May 8, 2023 路 11 min 路 2186 words

馃挱聽Slack Overload? Regain control with Inbox Zero principles

Update 2024-04-19: Add illustrative images to the Context section, including info on Rivers, not buckets. Update 2024-02-13: Introduce headings for easier navigation and highlight the core problem with messaging apps. Update 2023-10-17: Replace simplistic 鈥淐hannels/Someday鈥 channel organisation with a MoSCoW-inspired sections structure optimised for fast processing. Context Lets start by recalling a few old principles about processing large volumes of information, and then define the core problem with modern messaging apps, as I see it鈥...

April 17, 2023 路 10 min 路 1942 words

鉁傦笍聽IntelliJ

Small information nuggets and recipies about IntelliJ

May 6, 2022 路 1 min 路 68 words

鉁傦笍聽Gradle

Small information nuggets and recipies about Gradle

September 17, 2021 路 1 min 路 66 words

鉁傦笍聽Kotlin

Small information nuggets and recipies about Kotlin

May 11, 2021 路 1 min 路 162 words

鉁傦笍聽GitHub

Small information nuggets and recipies about GitHub

May 11, 2021 路 1 min 路 63 words

鉁傦笍聽Markdown

Small information nuggets and recipies about Markdown

April 7, 2021 路 1 min 路 42 words

鉁傦笍聽Git

Small information nuggets and recipies about Git

October 12, 2020 路 6 min 路 1083 words

鉁傦笍聽HTML

Small information nuggets and recipies about HTML

September 22, 2020 路 3 min 路 497 words

鉁傦笍聽Spring Boot

Small information nuggets and recipies about Spring Boot

June 18, 2020 路 1 min 路 77 words

鉁傦笍聽AWS

Small information nuggets and recipies about AWS

November 9, 2019 路 2 min 路 259 words

鉁傦笍聽Slack

Small information nuggets and recipies about Slack

May 21, 2019 路 1 min 路 74 words