Ever feel like you have to finish the whole project before releasing it?
By mining an unlikely source, I will show you why these “all or nothing” thoughts are hindering your success. We can observe Charles Dickens’ release process and prove how iterative releases allowed for quick learning and better results for the user.
Continue reading How Charles Dickens Wrote Like An Agile Programmer
Continue reading “Communicating your needs” / TypeScript’s value from a Buddhist perspective (part 1)
Are you convinced that you’ll only be happy once you finally get that promotion? If so, maybe you’re actually trapped by your goal. I’ll share my own experiences and tips on how I learned to be happy at whatever rung of the ladder I’m currently on. Because happiness is the goal, right?
Continue reading 4 Reasons You Don’t Need A Promotion
Have you ever slipped? Were you seeing positive progress with your Agile team at work only to watch them suddenly return to bad habits? It’s gonna happen. Even when you know the path to success, you and your team are going to backslide into the old behaviors that caused the initial grief. I can imagine it now–someone saying, “Hey! I thought we had a meeting where we agreed to stop doing those things!” Don’t let yourself or your peers make you feel bad for simply being human. I’m excited to share one of my favorite Buddhist stories about self-care which will help you to improve yourself in a healthy way.
Continue reading Fixing Bad Habits By Learning To Love Them: Agile Retrospectives
I can’t solve this one, and I think I need your help. So, a developer was responding to a code review comment I made and they simply asked me, “why would I do that?” I gave my standard, dusty answer: “because you have to code defensively— you don’t know what the future holds.” But I suddenly realized… am I proliferating a fear of the future? How could I code fearfully when I run CubicleBuddha.com where I blog so often about living happily in the present? I’ll share the specific code example with you. I’m hoping to hear from the community whether my solution is “coding in the moment” or if I am actually bowing down to the fear.
Continue reading Is “Defensive Programming” actually healthy?
You’ve got some anxiety about a big project. You feel nervous at a large conference. Your heart is beating as an intense meeting approaches. Wouldn’t it be great to feel calm and happy even in these understandably intense times? How do you find that moment of peace within a hectic world and a busy job? Lucky for you– it’s as simple as focusing on your breath. We’ll walk you through the scientific basis of mindful breathing and a simple process on how to try it.
Continue reading Mindfully Breathing to prepare for a big meeting
“If only my coworker would stop chewing so loudly I could concentrate.”
“I’m sorry. I got nothing done because Jimmy wouldn’t stop yelling in his cube.”
These are the types of phrases that come up the most often when asking friends and coworkers what prevents them from being calm and mindful at work. It’s possible that you might not even know that the volume and intensity around you is dragging down your day… but you found your way to this article so it’s clear that some part of you knows that the volume of work is effecting your mood. Don’t worry. We have some practical tips on how to not just “get through it,” but to thrive in the workplace.
Continue reading 10+ Tips To Find Peace In A Loud Office
(This article was originally posted as a timed exclusive article for DEVCommunity. It resulted in an enormous number of responses. I feel privileged that I was able to start a transparent and honest conversation about the importance and misuse of job titles).
The meme above could potentially be casting shade on “full stack devs” by depicting them as a drawing of a horse but where only the backend is drawn out. If you were building a team, would you rather have that meme image above, or a developer who only knows one part of the system?
Continue reading I’m sorry, but this “Full Stack” meme makes me really mad/sad
We all have reasons for holding onto the past, like that Transformers lunchbox that I couldn’t handle throwing away. I loved it, but the truth is I was never going to use it again. But in the realm of professional software engineering, holding onto anything that isn’t being utilized can wreak havoc on a codebase through unintentional bugs and clutter that hurts maintainability and team moral. This unused code is called “dead code.” But how do we know when code is dead? And worse yet, how do we convince ourselves that it’s finally okay to let go of that lunchbox you’re not using anymore? The following tips will help you to get rid of the hoarding problem.
Continue reading How To Feel Good Deleting “Dead Code”
I have to fess up: I don’t always do so great with the whole “work/life balance” thing. But that’s okay– this blog is all about the joy of accepting failure. So let’s have a good laugh at a recent moment where I thought I had made significant strides. Then I take a hard look at tips to help me grow to be someone who can respect work and life.
Continue reading Go Home: 4 Techniques That Help You To Leave Work At Work