Wow, it has been two weeks since I last wrote here! I was traveling to a developer conference called QCon last week and learned a lot about UX and design thinking. It is important to remember that we are developing software for people. But this is a discussion for another time…
Today I wanted to talk about opinion wars and how they are related to you. There are a lot of opinions floating around in the developer world. Some are good, some are bad. It becomes truly difficult to distinguish which ones are good for you, especially when you are just starting out in this career. Continue reading “Code Wars: Choose technology that works for you”
I have just gone to Girl Develop It leaders summit, and one big topic that kept being addressed at the summit is taking care of yourself. As women (yeah, I know, stereotype), we take care of others a lot, say yes to everything, and burn ourselves out. That happened to me recently. I had about 15 things piled up on top of my day job, and more people kept coming to me asking me for help. At some point, I got really sick, broke down and had to stay home for a week. Okay, how do I start taking care of myself?
Continue reading “The benefit of saying no”
Where do you find a mentor? Do you just come up to a random person and ask them to be your mentor?
For a long time, I thought I needed to find one single mentor, someone like Sheryl Sandberg, who will teach me all about leadership and being a woman in tech. This attitude of finding a unicorn Yoda-like mentor that would train me set me back for a while. Most people do not have a lot of time to spend mentoring, being involved in work, family, kids, businesses they are trying to start.
After several years of questing for a unicorn mentor, I finally realized that you do not a Yoda mentor, you need Yoda mentors! Having many people/resources is invaluable. Okay, how do you find them? Continue reading “Yoda Unicorn and A Crowd of Mentors”