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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Why Write/Speak/Code isn’t another women-only tech conference … and why it wouldn’t matter anyway

Posted on November 8, 2014

I’ve seen a couple comments and posts recently about women's tech conferences. Basically, all say they are bad or unnecessary. As the founder and co-organizer of a woman’s only event (and attendee of an all-woman’s college), I have a number of thoughts on this. (more…)

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What is thought leadership?

Posted on August 30, 2014

I got this question on twitter after announcing Write/Speak/Code 2014. She felt “thought leadership” was a meaningless buzz word. And I see her point. It is often used that way. (more…)

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Thoughts on team tension

Posted on August 20, 2014

We all want to work in a collaborative, open, communicative environment, right? Ok. Maybe not all of you. But at the very least, you don't want to work with people you dislike, have totally different values and ideas than you and you disagree with often. In others word, you don't want to have tension with your team. Right? (more…)

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Being tough vs. being clear

"If I knew that, I wouldn't have …" The moment a company, manager, or leader hears these words their instinct is to create a policy or document or thing that clarifies the expectation. At least that's the goal. What often happens is that they add tough language ("You will be terminated if you do X") in an effort to make sure everyone knows what will happen. (more…)

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