Three-month work-life retrospective

Published on Sep 11, 2013 by Jamie Munro

Just over three months ago, I posted a few memorable blogs (for me) in regards to a career change.† The career change has been made and I thought I would share my retrospective on how it has affected me.

Following the format of the retrospectives I have been over the past 3 months, Iíll start with a check in word:

Rejuvenated

Making the move from an 85% managerial role to a 100% development role has completely rejuvenated me.† In the past three months I have gained an incredible amount of knowledge and furthered myself as a person and a developer.

Moving along to the next items:

  • What do I want to stop doing?

  • What do I want to start doing?

  • What do I want to continue doing?


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Tags: Optimization | stress | Theory | Rants | agile | scrum | retrospective

Finding That Inner Calm

Published on Jun 18, 2013 by Jamie Munro

Iíve played sports my entire life and I find certain sports for me itís easier to find that inner calm.† When your head is clear and only exactly what you are about to do matters.† This is always when Iím at my best.† Everything around me slows down, if Iím aiming at something, the target becomes clearer Ė almost as if Iím pulling the target to me Ė and there is no way I can miss it.

I wish I could say this statement is true when Iím writing code.† Oftentimes, my mind is racing with needing to get something done and having a thousand more things to do.† At times it can take me a little while before I realize that Iím actual moving slower because my mind isnít focused.

Iíve found a great technique that Iíve learned by playing golf that helps me focus better!

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Tags: performance | stress | Theory | organization | Rants

If You Don't Start You Won't Finish

Published on Jun 13, 2013 by Jamie Munro

I really wish that I didnít need to tell myself this 5 to 10 times a day, but unfortunately itís always just too easy to not start.

If you donít have kids, you truly have no understanding of how many toys they have and how much of a mess they make.† If you only have 1 kid, itís probably a lot, but Iíve been blessed with 3 Ė and let me tell you that each and every day there is at least 10 to 15 minutes of clean up in every room!

The honest truth of the matter is though, if I donít start, it wonít get done Ė unlike the story about the Shoemaker and the Elves, they are not coming to clean my house each day!

This of course is a very simple example, but I find this reminder useful even at work.

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Tags: Optimization | stress | Theory | Rants | agile | lazy

What Do You Care Most About When Reviewing Someone Elseís Code?

Published on Jun 10, 2013 by Jamie Munro

I wrote an article a few months ago called Compelling Interview Questions where buried deep in the middle under several open-ended technical questions I asked the question ďWhat Do You Care Most About When Reviewing Someone Elseís Code?Ē

The funny part about this when you read a few lines below I follow it up with Iím not looking for anything in particular; just some generic catch-phrases that most people throw out there.† E.g. properly indented code, no large comment blocks, documentation to explain a complex block of code, etcÖ

Ask me today what I expect from this question and my answer is totally different!† Today being as I write this article Ė ask me in the present and letís see if my answer changesÖ

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Tags: Optimization | php | socket server | PHP | interview | Rants | clean code

Developers are Authors

Published on Jun 6, 2013 by Jamie Munro

This is truly a concept that has only dawned on me recently - in fact, probably within the past day or two.† The ironic part about this, Iíve actually considered myself an author for the past 3 years, since the release of my first book.† And most developers I meet or work with seem to have the same reaction when I tell them, ďOh youíre an author, thatís pretty cool.Ē† When in fact Ė as the title states Ė all developers are authors, including you!† Now let me tell you why.

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Tags: Optimization | Theory | Rants | rants

My Epic Farewell Poem

Published on May 30, 2013 by Jamie Munro

Should I Leave My Job?

Published on May 24, 2013 by Jamie Munro

Why is my calendar always full?

Published on May 15, 2013 by Jamie Munro