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In this blog I will share the lessons I have learned in real time as a junior developer. Because I work in an Agile world, I will also share my experiences with Agile development

I hate being a cook in a crowded kitchen

I've recently experienced two situations that reminded me why it is hard for me to take initiative and jump immediately. For the first, I was selected to be part of a group to implement and build an information exchange within our company. At first it seemed like...

Bringing out the Best in People Review

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, particularly due to my slant towards anything in the field of behavioral psychology. If I could sum this entire book in two words, they would be: Positive Reinforcement. Here are some of the highlights that stood out as I read...

Let me explain my triangle

They say every leader needs a "triangle" of sorts that quantifies their style or belief. While I do not currently serve in an official leader capacity, here's my preemptive triangle that typifies the kind of team I want to build. Disclaimer: I have read a number of...

Are you giving tone deaf advice?

Seek first to understand, before being understood Perhaps one of the most famous quotes from Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, it makes for a feel good quote that anyone can use to sound wise. However, I have observed the difficulty in applying...

Joy Inc. Review

I came across this book through a coworker who started reading it. The title was enough for me to reserve it at the library and start reading it. Turns out it is about a software consulting firm (which is also the company I currently work for) in Ann Arbor, MI (about...

What a pizza party taught me about team innovation

Enough time has passed for me to share this story with you (or for my future self). I often ponder the implications of introducing change to people, and why it is met with so much resistance. It took a pizza party to help me develop a plan. A few months ago our team...