How often do you get the fear? What do I mean by fear? How about the knot I got in my stomach just before I plunged out of plane on a parachute jump? It’s more than the brain logically planning to avoid danger, you’re whole body feels it, a foreboding about what’s coming next. Working in IT means sudden severe physical dangers are unlikely. But aversion to fear continues to … [Read more...] about Overcome Fear by Writing like You Code
Do you procrastinate? Do you put things off? Are you misleading yourself, saying you will do something but then avoiding it? Even the word procrastinate has a certain deceptiveness about it, just like it’s meaning, Avoiding work. Procrastination is 5 syllables, it makes it sound almost scientific like there’s a real justification. What you’re really doing is no work but … [Read more...] about Beating Procrastination with a Pomodoro Tweak
I'm designating 2019 as the year to make progress. That's a big statement. What do I mean by it? I’ll tell you and I have a concept that I think will help. In some ways it’s a very simple and easy concept, it’s actually one that I was previously extremely sceptical about. Now I’m a new convert and 2019 seems like the year to really test it out. The good news is that it’s … [Read more...] about 2019 – The year to make progress
Never mind technical debt. How big is your decision debt? As a developer we often think about technical debt. Technical debt is a concept in programming that reflects the extra development work that arises when code that is easy to implement in the short run is used instead of applying the best overall solution. ie We take shortcuts to get code live fast. Short term this … [Read more...] about How big is your decision debt?
One of the most important tasks as technology leader is keeping your team motivated. Developers need to be challenged with interesting problems. If their work is challenging yet doable then they can reach a state of “flow”. This means they’re fully involved and engaged in the work their doing. This is a good sign that they’re highly motivated. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s … [Read more...] about “Flow, the secret to happiness” & Better Leadership