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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...

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...
When Practice does NOT make Perfect

When Practice does NOT make Perfect

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Practice makes perfect” sometime in your life. I hear it in motivational speeches, pep talks, or when I am trying to establish a new habit. Past experience led me to believe that this┬ástatement, while having...
Tips for giving your first demo

Tips for giving your first demo

I recently gave my first demo of an application a few months ago. The application consisted of a form that would store information in a database, then another application would access that data and give users the opportunity to work with it. Before going live our team...
When I was called out for NOT asking enough questions

When I was called out for NOT asking enough questions

I had completed one year at my new job, which meant I had to discuss my performance with my project manager. Coming in as an entry-level developer, I felt great about my performance. After all, I started from scratch and came into this meeting with a small but...