When to Break the Rules

I find myself in an interesting position where I’m doing good work, but my client isn’t entirely on board with the results yet. Now, this is a problem I’ve created as a consultant by not keeping people aligned, but it happens.

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Nov 19, 2020
Hacking Procrastination

Some time ago, I was on a coaching call, and I noticed that they were getting frustrated as they talked more and more about all the work they weren’t getting done. I remarked that they seemed to be frustrated, and they then expressed that they keep p...

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Nov 12, 2020
A Developer’s Guide To a Stand-Up That Doesn’t Suck

It is almost universal that you’ll experience a 15-minute daily stand-up meeting every day as a developer. It is nearly as universal that these meetings will take longer than fifteen minutes and fee like a waste of time. Well, that is because most of...

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Nov 09, 2020

Ever been in a retrospective, and in the end, there was an action item that nobody followed through on? Or have you been in a meeting where everyone is lobbying for their idea with no end in sight? Or maybe you’ve been confronted with a puzzle and we...

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Nov 04, 2020
Behind the Scenes - First Days At a Client

I’ve arrived at the client, and after early conversations with various buyers and leaders, I’m now on the ground and ready to start my engagement. Though, what am I thinking so far, and what steps am I about to take?

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Nov 02, 2020
When Keywords Unlock Your Resume

I’ve been thinking about some material that I cover in my book Land the Job and explaining little bits of it here on my site as well. Today I thought I’d write a bit more about keywords and what to do with them in your resume.

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Oct 28, 2020
Observations from a Pandemic

The Corona Virus pandemic isn’t slowing down, but mentally I’ve emerged from hibernation. It hit hard in April of 2020, and now it’s October. That is how long it took for me to emerge from the haze of feeling mentally unsettled.

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Oct 23, 2020
Enough Tutorials Already!

The other day someone reached out to me with a question I get somewhat regularly, but I never really thought to write down my answer much. The question was, “How do you come up to speed quickly on new languages and technology?”

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Oct 20, 2020
A Vignette of Kaizen

Don’t tell my kids, but we bought an absurd present for Christmas, and I spent a few hours putting it together and hiding it in the attic. It is called a Pickler. As I assembled it, I went through several rapid improvements in my approach to building...

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Oct 13, 2020
The Ups and Downs of Recruiters

Last night I saw a tweet fly by about a new book coming out that was all about the technical resume. I found it fitting since today I want to start promoting my first-ever class on the same thing. They mentioned it includes advice from 200+ recruiter...

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Oct 09, 2020