Friday, May 29, 2015

Self.conference Estimation Slides

Had a great time today at Self.conference talking about software estimation. Thank you to everyone who came to the talk. I'd love to hear feedback here or on Twitter!

A few links:

Friday, May 1, 2015

Stir Trek Slides

Thanks to everyone who attended my Stir Trek talk on software estimation. You should be able to find the slides here.

If you're looking for the book I referenced towards the beginning of the talk, it's Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Code PaLOUsa Slides

Thanks to everyone who has attended the workshop Derek Briggs and I did and the session I did today at Code PaLOUsa. Update: A huge thanks to the people who attended my F12 debugging talk. Sorry that we ran out of seats but I'm glad you toughed it out and stayed!

All of the RWD workshop content is available on GitHub

The slides for the estimation talk are available via Google Drive.

The code for the F12 debugging talk is available on GitHub and the slides are live here.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

They Vs. We

I'm going to start this blog post with a story. Please stay with me for a minute.

I went to the grocery store last week to buy groceries as one does. While I was there, I cleared the meat counter out of an item.

After she packaged up my order, the woman behind the counter asked if I'd like anything else. She seemed pretty grumpy and unhappy to be there. I made the lame joke that "I'd leave some for other shoppers" and two things happened:
  1. She didn't find my bad joke funny.
  2. She responded "They probably have more in the back."
The joke wasn't funny but her use of they got me thinking.

Who are "They"?

Now, she could have been referring to a different team that is in charge of stocking the meat counter... I don't know. From her manner, I assumed by "they" she meant the grocery store company. 

This got me thinking about why she didn't say "we" instead.

We
They
"We" implies that you're one of the team. The goals of the team are your goals. The risks the team faces are your risks. You're engaged. "They" implies you're not connected to the team. You're an outsider who isn't committed.

When is it "We" or "They"?

When I've joined a new team, I've noticed that I start with "you" or "they" and then after some period of time start saying "we". I've never thought about how long the time is. It's probably been somewhere between a couple of weeks and a couple of months. A lot of this is due to the people on the team and its leadership. They got me engaged and made me feel like a critical part of the "we".

When I joined HMB, it only took me a couple of weeks (at the most) to make the transition. Some of this was due to my bosses but a whole lot more was due to the attitudes of the entire team. Everyone was thinking about the "we" in most everything they did. Thinking about this now, I can see how priceless it was and is.

That may not be the case for the woman at the grocery store. Maybe she hates her job but it's the only way she can pay the bills. Maybe her leaders and team are failing her.

I've got some thoughts about how a team can improve this situation. I'll save those for the next post.

Question

What about you? How long has it taken you to go from "they" to "we" at your current job? How about previous jobs? What was the main factor in that duration?


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

MIGANG visit

Huge thanks to the folks at MIGANG for inviting me to come speak to the usergroup tonight about WebSockets with SignalR and SockJS. As promised, here are my slides from the night. I promised to upload them "10 seconds" after the event but hopefully you'll forgive me for taking a couple of minutes :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

StirTrek 2014 content

I really like the trend of conference git repos to organize slides and other speaker content. Stir Trek: Winter Soldier Edition's content repo is here.

My slide deck for the "Building Mini Killer Robots" talk is big (140mb or so) with a lot of embedded videos and images. Instead of adding that to git, I've shared it via dropbox here. You can of course find that same link in the git repo.

I had a great time giving that presentation at Stir Trek. If you attended, hopefully you had fun too!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Codemash 2014 Content

Before I forget, I'm uploading all of my Codemash content for your robot building/JavaScript fixing pleasure.

Building Mini Killer Robots

Slides (100+ mb with video)

Fixing the JavaScript Mess

Slides
Presentation Guide (this guide would be helpful if you were trying to walk through everything yourself)
Source Code