I initially became interested in personal workflow methods and tools when I started at Microsoft in 2006. Microsoft differed from my previous roles in that projects generally required coordination across multiple teams - meaning that there were lots of tasks to manage. Additionally, the corporate culture made heavy use of emails and meetings - meaning that tasks could originate from a variety of sources at almost any time. Without some kind of structure, working at Microsoft could very easily become purely reactionary. And as you may have experienced in your own work, reactionary work may keep you busy, but it doesn’t make you very effective. Most importantly, this kind of work doesn’t feel very satisfying.
12 Mar 2017
02 Mar 2017
I’ve been completely unfocused this week waiting to hear the outcome of a meeting that I knew was planned for Tuesday. The meeting was of the admissions committee for MIT’s Sloan School of Management. In the fall, I began work on applying to the executive MBA program - and this process took me through writing 4 essays, securing 3 letters of recommendation, and even dusting off (translation: rewriting) my resume. In January, I advanced to the in-person interview stage of the process - it looked like this thing could really happen. However, everything came down to Tuesday’s meeting and I had not heard the outcome until this morning.
05 Feb 2017
In 2015-2016, there was a fair amount of discussion in the industry about the rise of polyglot development. The idea was simple enough: rather than standardizing on a set of programming languages and tools, development organizations would choose the right tool for the right job. Successful developer in this brave new world needed then to learn a host of new tools, from languages and frameworks like NodeJS, Golang, Elixir, and Rust to infrastructure automation tools like Docker, Mesos, Terraform and beyond.
12 Jan 2017
Let me open this post by wishing all [ten] of you who read this blog a very happy new year! I wish for you all a 2017 full of accomplishment and growth - and I hope that some of my ramblings here are able to play a small part in that.
02 Dec 2016
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working on a side project to generate a documentation Web site using Metalsmith for any linked data vocabulary. Today I published the repository to GitHub and the package to NPM. There are already a lot of improvements that I plan to make as I evolve the project, but I’m excited to get this first version out there and look forward to getting your feedback.