The realities of organizing a community tech conference: an ill-advised rant

Posted on June 13, 2016

Warning: this post is an ill-advised, badly timed rant. There are swear words. You have been warned. Also, no one person instigated any of this rant. It's been building in me for three years. <3 Let me tell you about the realities of organizing a tech conference: it sucks. (more…)

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Frameworks for Feedback at DevOpsDays Chicago 2015 [Updated: with video!]

Posted on August 26, 2015

I gave a talk on "Frameworks for Feedback" at DevOpsDays Chicago. The organizers asked me to add in a little about diversity and microaggressions, so it's pretty jam-packed, but seemed to be well received. Also, the DevOps community is awesome. (more…)

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Interview tip: Know who you are interviewing

Posted on June 26, 2015

Aside from the fact that coding and code interviews are not even close to the meritocracy that many suggest, going blind into an interview and just testing coding skills is not a solution. By blind I mean not knowing the background and experience of the applicant. Asking is not enough - read their resume, check their Github and LinkedIn and Twitter. Get some context for their skills and experience. (more…)

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Getting more women (and people) into Open Source

I gave this talk at the Github Patchwork event at Dev Bootcamp NYC on 9/18/14. I spoke about the work we've done with Write/Speak/Code on getting more women into open source. The main lesson: technical skill isn't the barrier; it's the belief that they have nothing to contribute that stops people from giving back to the tech community. (more…)

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Rspec error: undefined method `get’

Posted on November 13, 2014

You may have upgraded Rspec recently. Or perhaps a new team member joined, ran bundle and couldn't run any controller tests. (more…)

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