December 2015 Archives

Speaking for Geeks: Your Slides
Tips and tricks for creating great slides.
December 17, 2015 - 1006 words,

Speaking for Geeks: Writing Your Talk
Don’t wait until the night before the talk to write it. Crazy, I know.
December 14, 2015 - 1109 words,

Speaking for Geeks: Tell a Story
Telling a story keeps your presentation focused, keeps your audience interested, and makes it easier for you to remember your talk.
December 13, 2015 - 784 words,

Speaking for Geeks: Where to speak
You’ve got a great idea for a talk. How do you find conferences to submit it to?
December 11, 2015 - 904 words,

Speaking for Geeks: Getting your session accepted
Your conference speaking submissions are not getting accepted because they’re bad. Here’s how to make them better.
December 10, 2015 - 1335 words,

Speaking for Geeks: What Should I Talk About?
Don’t wait for that conference to come calling before you start planning for it.
December 9, 2015 - 703 words,

You should speak at conferences. Yes, you.
Developers, you should give talks at conferences and your local meetups. It’s easier than you think, and you’ll improve your career.
December 8, 2015 - 588 words, 1 comment

Recently

Assumptions and project planning (Feb 18)
When your assumptions change, it's reasonable that your project plans and needs change as well. But too many managers are afraid to go back and re-work a plan that they've already agreed to.
Feature voting is harmful to your product (Feb 7)
There's a lot of problems with using feature voting to drive your product.
Encouraging 1:1s from other managers in your organization (Jan 4)
If you’re managing other managers, encourage them to hold their own 1:1s. It’s such an important tool for managing and leading that everyone needs to be holding them.
One on One Meetings - a collection of posts about 1:1s (Jan 2)
A collection of all my writing on 1:1s
Are 1:1s confidential? (Jan 2)
Is the discussion that occurs in a 1:1 confidential, even if no agreed in the meeting to keep it so?
Skip-level 1:1s are your hidden superpower (Jan 1)
Holding 1:1s with peers and with people far below you on the reporting chain will open your eyes up to what’s really going on in your business.
Do you need a 1:1 if you’re regularly communicating with your team? (Dec 28)
You’re simply not having deep meaningful conversation about the process of work in hallway conversations or in your chat apps.
What agenda items should a manager bring to a 1:1? (Dec 23)
At least 80% of a 1:1 agenda should be driven by your report, but if you also to use this time to work on things with them, then you’ll have better meetings.

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