I am pleased to announce that I have been accepted as a speaker at Stir Trek 2020. This will be an expanded and revised version of the talk I gave this year at CodeMash 2020, which is currently live on Pluralsight. If you’ll be in Columbus on May 1st, please come and check it out and say hi afterwards.
Personas in Writing
Some software engineering organizations rely on something called “User Personas” to help the organization keep users in perspective. It’s a decent concept, but I think it can be applied to more areas.
Practicing (And Nailing) My First Conference Talk
Here are the preparation steps I used to successfully deliver my first conference talk in the hopes that you might gain some insight from my journey.
My Top 5 Ways to Improve Software Quality from 2019
A .NET and TypeScript development manager’s top 5 practices for improving software quality from 2019, in no particular order.
Technical Debt as Risk
Development leadership must partner with the business and manage technical debt as risk in order for it to be fully understood and respected.
Defining Technical Debt
In this article we’ll define technical debt, its impacts, and causes and highlight some metaphors that are helpful when discussing technical debt.
Communicating Tech Debt
Many developers feel that product management and executive leadership don’t “get it” when we talk about technical debt. At the same time, if you ask developers about factors vital to the long-term success of a project, paying down technical debt is high on the list. So, how can we communicate […]
Insights from 1 Month of Technical Writing Every Day
5 weeks ago I set out to write at least an article on software development every day. What follows are the ups, downs, and lessons learned from that process. Why on Earth would I do this? So, first of all, why would I do this? Well, a month ago I applied […]
Debugging Slide Decks
Ever have a presentation get off on the wrong foot or an intended point completely miss the mark? I sure have. Let’s backtrack a few months and look at how I failed and 6 steps I now follow to keep getting better. I was giving a monthly training presentation to […]
Public Speaking for Introverts
I’m not an extrovert. I don’t like crowds. I’d rather be the trusted adviser than the guy in the spotlight. In high school, speech class gave me such anxiety that I was physically sick and needed to give the presentation over my lunch hour directly to the teacher. So, how […]