Category Archives: Tech

Working Managers

I came across this article (Work at different management levels) in by Lara Hogan. It does a great job of breaking down what a manager does at different levels in an organization. If you ever thought your bosses do nothing — this is worth the read!

I’ve been a mixed individual contributor (IC++) and manager for several years. Even when I was supposedly a full time IC, I found myself doing tasks outside of my job responsibilities like mentoring, teaching, architecting, defining process, project managing, managing clients, managing engineers, writing specs, influencing strategy, interviewing candidates, and recruiting.

Continue reading Working Managers

Update: Icons By Number

Very exciting updates to Icons By Number! We have two talented artists and sketchnoters joining the project.

  • The lovely Siena Aguayo is a master of simple, but beautiful sketchnotes.
  • The mega talented designer and illustrator, Virginia Poltrack, of Fit Cat and other Android watch faces plus countless illustrations for WomenTechmakers and others.

Join my newsletter to get a code for a free download!

Continue reading Update: Icons By Number

DroidCon London: Android Kata Workshop

I’m giving an Android Kata workshop at DroidCon London today!

Materials

If you enjoyed this workshop, make sure to get a video copy. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, check out my Android Activity Book which leads you through building a calculator with TDD.

If you want to learn more about me and/or my approach to testing, check out my appearance on the Fragmented podcast and/or Android Dialogs!

6 Testing Tips

Don’t fear the unknown. I felt insecure early in my career and would get nervous when pairing with developers who knew what they were doing. Part of me didn’t want to admit I didn’t know how to test so I shunned it instead.

Start early in your career. It makes you a better coder that thinks more clearly about the code you are writing. Testing is important and shouldn’t just be practiced by experienced developers. Continue reading 6 Testing Tips