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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

Psyched Up Review

I read this book partly in preparation for my annual review. While dozens of Pocket articles and previous books have shed light on the art of mental preparation (think mental models from Smarter, Faster, Better), I thought a book solely dedicated to the art of mental...

Smarter Faster Better: Review

I started reading this book on a recent camping trip to Mackinaw City. I had allocated some time for hammocking, and since I get antsy in a hammock having a book to read was necessary. We chose this book to read for book club at work, that's how I came across it. Here...

Management Lessons from Taiichi Ohno: Review

When I first saw "Toyota Production System" and "creator" on this book cover, I became extremely excited. Why? Because I have heard much about TPS (called Lean Management in North America) and now I was going straight to the source. However, when I started reading the...

The Kim Kardashian Principle: Review

I admit, checking this book out at the library was an impulse checkout. The library had recently acquired this book, and it sat proudly next to other new books the library was showcasing in their new books section. So I did what most people do when they see Kim...

The One Word That Pushes Me into a Can Do Attitude

"Can you do [insert request here]?" As I keep growing in my career I end up on the receiving end of this question more frequently than before. Sometimes it tickles me pink to be considered capable of potentially fulfilling a duty. However, by answering yes or no I...

How I visualize Kanban and Scrum

Last time I shared my journey to realizing the importance of breaking down complex concepts. By utilizing Spongebob I harnessed the power of a familiar illustration with the setup of an application. And so far it has worked. I challenged myself to approach Scrum and...