So much of the time, we have a vision for where we’d like our technology to be, but it sure would be nice to not start from where we are. Whether we’re adding support for IPv6, deprecating Nagios, introducing a DevOps culture or moving to microservices, we’ve got the same problem ahead of us: how can we make enough people care?
Tech is huge and we’re all learning constantly. Why don’t we talk about that more?
Design documents need to say more than what you're planning to do.
How do you help new people become comfortable and productive quickly?
When I'm a senior person in a team or org, or even in a meeting, I want to create an environment where it's completely ok not to know things. Feigned surprise is toxic.
When you've got a project that needs to be done, you can ask someone who can already do it, or you can help someone go up a level by (gently!) taking them out of their comfort zone. The latter takes time, but you'll be glad you did it.
A manager keeps intercepting questions about their report's project. As a lead, it's hard (but important!) to learn not to do that.
We ordered a new My Pal Scout toy and its configuration mechanism is retro and excellent.
"Google, what’s a ncmpcpp?”
My kid sister called me to cram information into her head before her computers exam (a mandatory, unwelcome module of her hotel management course). We had ten minutes to cover the entire previous year’s paper.