Losing a great candidate is painful.
“I was so pissed he turned down the job,” an Engineering Manager recently said to me, “What a flip-flopper. I can’t stand people who waste everyone’s time.”
Hiring takes energy. Someone has to shortlist resumes. Then multiple people talk to multiple candidates over the phone. Then even more people spend more time interviewing in-person. Add in scheduling and negotiation, and it’s likely your team has a 50+ hour burden for one hire when all goes well.
Originally posted 11/16/16 by Rebecca Jackson.
Figuring out client priorities is a key part of application development. It’s not an easy task. Here at Radial we’ve developed a web application to help us do this better.
Our working name for the app we developed is the “Graphing Scopeulator.” We named it that because it allows us to graphically scope our projects collaboratively with clients.
Born Out Of Client Discovery
The Graphing Scopeulator was born out of a meeting I had with Kate Catlin, founder of WomenRising, an open source project that I regularly work on. I was planning several hack nights for the project, and I needed to know how to prioritize work on features that would move the effort forward. Just like I would do with any client, I invited Kate to the office to discuss her vision for WomenRising with me and another Radial developer, Marshall Smith.
Once we had captured a list of the features she wanted, Marshall started drawing a graph on the board. He asked Kate to rank each of the listed features by value. That became the graph’s vertical Y-axis. Then, we ranked the estimated time for us as developers to complete each item. That became the horizontal X-axis.
Originally posted 11/13/17 by Sepideh Miller.
A friend asked me about the best practices for encouraging newbie contributors to open source projects. I am not a person who runs any open source projects, but I am a person who has made low-level contributions to a number of projects. I contribute data to Open Street Map. I edit Wikipedia. I helped some people with their English language skills when they were putting in Google Summer of Code proposals for Zulip, a chat application that is somewhat like Slack. I also made a contribution to IgniteSpeak, some software used for Ignite Baltimore.
Create Helpful Documentation for New Contributors
Create some documentation on what new contributors should do.
Where do you go for advice when you’re striving for your next promotion? Or if you’re unsure of your next career move? Who do you talk to if you’re having issues with a manager? Or if your personal life is impacting your career? Who do you ask for help? Do you have a sounding board for your aspirations? Do you have a trusted party to help you brainstorm your wildest dreams?
This is where mentorship shines.
A few years ago, I woke up and took a look at my work calendar. Back-to-back meetings from 10am to 5pm. Sigh. I rolled out of bed, checked to make sure neither of my kids were awake yet, and pulled my laptop out. Starting at the file that was open in Sublime, I quickly found a few lines of unused code to delete. Within fifteen minutes, I had opened three pull-requests, each deleting anywhere from 10–50 lines of unused code. Sigh.
When I met with my manager for our weekly 1:1 later that day, I mentioned what I had done. He gave me a look, and said—critically but kindly—“is that really the best use of your time?”
I’m currently a student in Bloc’s Part-time Web Development course. And I work full time where I lead a team of 8. And I have an adorable puppy that I’m solely responsible for. And about once a month I volunteer for an emotional intelligence workshop for about 30 hours over a single weekend. Oh and I’m training for my first marathon later this year.
So what’s a day in my life look like?
Data science, being the young field that it is, has a ton of avenues for entrance. Specifically, women and minorities are approaching this field from both traditional and non-traditional paths.
This many part series will focus on women/non-binaries in data science and how they got to where they are.
Currently, I am a Senior Data Scientist working at a Cyber security firm called Cybraics, Inc, so I’ll start with my story. It begins in high school with an amazing Trig teacher and a girl who wouldn’t stop teasing me.
When it comes to women in the workforce, it’s a fairly well-known fact that information security does a pretty terrible job of increasing the ratio of women to men. At last count, only 11% of security professionals were women. When comparing that to women in technology on the whole (multiple sources put it at ~25%), you’re looking at less than half of what’s already a shoddy percentage.
Do’s & Don’ts: For video conferencing does not a remote culture make.
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Trade sitting in traffic for latte’s at your local posh cafe while organizing your backlog on Trello.☕️
Swap yucky uncomfortable pants for your favorite pajama bottoms while negotiating with clients via video.💃
Reject your cube and get a tan by the pool while chatting about the next release on Slack.👙
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Have you heard of the Lean Startup? If you’ve been reading up on entrepreneurship, or you’re interested in getting into software, you’ve probably been unable to avoid it. It’s a philosophy about how to build and launch products that people actually want to use. The basic premise is:
Make something tiny. Launch it. Get feedback from your intended audience. Do it again. Gradually iterate your tiny product into a bigger, more comprehensive product over time. Don’t spend a year putting together something in isolation until you think it’s perfect, and then launch it to the world expecting it to resonate with your intended audience. It probably won’t.
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