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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Are You Living In The Past Or Future?

In this video I talk about the important of living in the present moment and give some tips on how you can make sure you aren’t living in the past or future.

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Monday, October 27th, 2014

5 Ways Software Developers Can Become Better at Estimation

In my last post, I detailed four of the biggest reasons why software developers suck at estimation, but I didn’t talk about how to solve any of the problems I presented. While estimation will always be inherently difficult for software developers, all hope is not lost. In this post, I am going to give you […]

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Monday, October 20th, 2014

4 Biggest Reasons Why Software Developers Suck at Estimation

Estimation is difficult. Most people aren’t good at it–even in mundane situations. For example, when my wife asks me how much longer it will take me to fix some issue I’m working on or to head home, I almost always invariably reply “five minutes.” I almost always honestly believe it will only take five minutes, […]

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Monday, October 13th, 2014

Getting Started With Meteor Tutorial (In the Cloud)

In this Meteor tutorial, I am going to show you how to quickly get started with the JavaScript Framework, Meteor, to develop a Meteor application completely from the cloud. I’ve been pretty excited about Meteor since I first saw a demo of it, but it can be a little daunting to get started, so I […]

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

How I Plan My Week

Want to know how I plan my week to get as much done as possible? Here it is. I use a tool called Kanbanflow to plan out my week based on Pomodoros. Using this technique I am able to be extremely productive, avoid distractions and know exactly what I’ll be able to get done each […]

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

The Complete Guide to Treadmill Desk Walking While Working

Just about every day, I spend at least some portion of my day walking on a treadmill desk while doing my work. I started doing this about four years ago–and although I haven’t always been consistent with it–I’ve found it to be a very easy way to burn some extra calories during the day and […]

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Monday, September 29th, 2014

What Ever Happened to the Founders of Sierra Online?

Some of the fondest memories of my childhood involve playing adventure games like Space Quest,

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The Caffeinated Coder: Is Caffeine Good or Bad?

For a long time I’ve wondered about the benefits or detriments of caffeine. I’ve always been one of those coffee drinkers who didn’t have to have coffee, but drank it when it was available. I’ve never really noticed how caffeine affected me, because I never really paid that much attention. But, I’ve always been curious, […]

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Weakest Link
Monday, September 15th, 2014

Don’t Focus on Your Strengths

Guys, guys, guys… (and gals) I think we are starting to becoming a little “wussy”–all of us–no offense. I’ve found the most success in my life by working on my weaknesses and making them strengths. Why? Because, when you make a weakness into a strength you appreciate it more and you are more committed and […]

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Soft Skills is the Manning Deal of the Day!

Great news! Early access to my new book Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual, is on sale today (9/11/2014) only as Manning’s deal of the day! If you’ve been thinking about getting the book, now is probably the last chance to get it at a discounted rate. Just use the code: dotd091114au to the get […]

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Open as Many Doors as Possible

Even though specialization is important, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive to open up as many doors as possible in your life.

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Tug of war with self
Monday, September 8th, 2014

Your Worst Enemy Is Yourself

Here’s the thing… You could have been exactly where you want to be right now. You could have gotten the perfect job. You could have started that business you always wanted to start. You could have gotten those 6-pack abs. You could have even met the love of your life. There has only been one […]

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