Category: Personal Learning and Growth

Podcasts I Follow

These are the Podcasts I follow and listen to most often. They range from business, design and general interests. They are not ranked in an particular order, but my favourite is James Altucher and Jordan Harbinger. I would challenge everyone

Posted in Balanced Life, Beginning New Management Position, Blogger, Business, entrepreneurship, Mentor, Personal Learning and Growth, self-improvement, Toastmasters

7 Soft Skills That Senior Developers Should Have

Developers often ask what they need to do to make it to the level of a senior developer. They can gain all the programming skills in all the popular and new software frameworks, but they will not be anything more

Posted in Developer, Leadership, Personal Learning and Growth, Personal Thoughts, self-improvement, Senior, Skills, Toastmasters

Developer Engagement

I was throwing ideas around in how to increase our developer engagement. I was also thinking of a way to give our product development a little boost. I love the developers that I work with and would like to support

Posted in Developer, Leadership, Manager, Personal Learning and Growth, Personal Thoughts, Professional Development, Success, Team, Team Lead

Are Stand-ups a Waste of Time

Are stand-ups a Waste of time for developers?   I used to think so.  I have been doing stand-ups for the past two months and I now think they are brilliant!

Posted in Leadership, Personal Learning and Growth, Personal Thoughts, Professional Development, Project Manager, Team, Team Lead, Team Manager Tagged with:

Why I Removed Social Media From My Phone

Good-bye Twitter Good-bye Facebook Good-bye Skype Good-by Snapchat

Posted in Balanced Life, Facebook, Personal Learning and Growth, Personal Thoughts, Pinterest, Social Media, Twitter

Using FitBit as a Software Developer

Confession: I am a Software Developer and I do not move much. My wife had gotten a FitBit and was loyally using it. She offered to let me where it for a day which I did not do, but rather

Posted in Balanced Life, Developer, Downtime, Personal Learning and Growth, Personal Thoughts

Joined the Dark Side and Loving It

A while back now I had a friendly debate with a colleague. It began innocently in a pub on a Friday night and it was Web Forms vrs MVC in the DotNet framework. I was anti-MVC for various reasons and

Posted in DotNet, Personal Learning and Growth, Personal Thoughts, Web

My Story

Here is my story as a developer. I started out playing on Commodore 64 in elementary school. I would have to give a lot of credit to the Librarian at Valleyview Public School. He had allowed me to work with

Posted in Developement, Personal Learning and Growth, Personal Thoughts, Professional Development, Visual Basic, Web

Sometimes You Just Need a Smile

Sometimes you just need a smile.  Like most, I have good, bad and terrible days, but I found something that makes me smile.  Like a lot of developers, I have a few vendor stickers on my equipment. My kids noticed

Posted in Personal Learning and Growth, Personal Thoughts

Developers are Artists

Posted in Developer, Ideas, Personal Learning and Growth, Personal Thoughts