I thought I’d take a break from my usual software engineering and best practices articles to talk about mental health. In particular, I’m going to cover a preoccupation with body image that once had a significant impact on my quality of life.
I’m not usually one for discussing personal things in public; however, I decided to write this post because the counseling I received was so valuable that it would be considered selfish not to share it with everybody. After all, according to a 2019 study done by Mental Health Foundation:
One in five adults (20%) felt shame, just over…
The word metric often gets, at best, a mixed reception. It is:
A standard for measuring or evaluating something, especially one that uses figures or statistics.
Metrics make process issues apparent, ensuring that risks are identified more quickly and alerting management to take corrective measures.
However, many people are fearful of metrics, afraid they will be singled out as points of failure in a process.
In this post, I’ll summarise the basics of how to design and combine metrics, and provide suggestions on how to make them less scary. …
Don’t get nervous at the thought of delivering a presentation, particularly these days when talks are increasingly delivered over webinars and within the comforts of our home.
There’s no magic 🔮 involved — all you need is a single document to read from and the ability to sound confident, using your voice as your instrument.
In this article, I share how I prepared a careers webinar that I’ve given to students at colleges and universities. I’ll take you through the delivery and follow-up process, setting up visual aids, and circumventing obstacles.
I use Google Slides for my presentation.
Fun virtual events that well-executed will help a team at any stage of formation: from creation to performing or changing and evolving.
They attempt to make up for the lack of interaction, non-verbal communication, and trust-building that comes more effortlessly when everybody is in the office.
Before getting started, it's necessary to consider how you would handle the following three situations (if any apply) to overcome potential awkwardness during a virtual event:
Keep a list of the meeting participants and shout-out to quieter team members with a question or exercise.
Remind everybody before the team-building event to be considerate of…
As a developer, I like to exercise my mental muscles every-now-and-then by going back through cheatsheets and practicing commands.
By sheer chance, I noticed one day that Quizlet beautifully manages cumbersome copy-and-paste tasks involved in creating multiple-choice tests.
It offers two advantages:
It implements the Observer Pattern — a Behavioural Pattern in software engineering — in which objects subscribe to a stream of events coming from publishers. Think of it like when an Instagram Influencer posts media to their channel, then subscribers are notified that new photos and videos that are ready to watch.
They are of fundamental importance in science and engineering and can describe all kinds of physical phenomena: such as air rushing past an aircraft’s wing, or forces acting on a rollercoaster.
A vector is written in bold, like a and b, and is often seen in diagrams as pointed arrows.
Let’s start with the following vector, u, which is described by an arrow 4 units in the positive x-axis direction, and 1 unit up in…
It will be much harder to argue that people cannot work from home now they have proved they can.
I’m sure we’d all agree with Kevin and Alan Hall in their book Leading Remote and Virtual Teams: Managing Yourself and Others In Remote And Hybrid Teams or When Working from Home.
The authors argue that as people adapt to a new way of working — at least in the near term — leaders must decide how to make collaboration and creativity work in a world where the work-life boundary is more blurred than ever before.
One question that managers should…
Before we cover Planning Poker and the PlanITPoker application, let’s first recap how a sprint planning meeting works in a typical development team.
In an Agile project, a sprint planning meeting is held to discuss backlog items that have been prioritized by the business. The backlog can have just about anything in it, such as bugs reported by application users or new features that are queued to be developed.
The team has a Scrum Master — or moderator — who introduces each user story to the group, providing a high-level summary of the requirements. This is an opportunity for the…
This is a beginner's guide to help you create a template TypeScript library with typescript-starter and add the project to a Github repository.
Enter ⌘ + Spacebar and…
George is a software engineer, author, blogger, and tech enthusiast who believes in helping others to make us happier and healthier.