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Location, location, location: A perennial discussion

Location, location, location: A perennial discussion

Last night, part 87 of a perpetual discussion flared up again. The one about where you live and why it matters. It started with an article by Sean Blanda – Our Remote Work Future is Going to Suck. I encourage you to read the article, it’s not 100% right, but Blanda brings up excellent points…

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Book Review: Project to Product, by Mik Kersten

Have you read Accelerate yet? If you haven’t, you might want to go read that one first and come back to Kersten’s book, Project to Product. When I think about how software is trying to reinvent itself, Accelerate, by Nicole Forsgren, Gene Kim, and Jez Humble is the book that presents the business case for…

Speaking at Women Tech Makers Montreal

Lady Conference Speaker: Now More Than Ever

Learn about being an MC, running a panel, and engaging in banter

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Circles of Care in the workplace

I first learned about Circles of Care from my brother, I think, when he was going through his chaplaincy training. It goes like this: The patient is in the center of the circle. Surrounding them in a ring are their parents, partners, or closest loved ones. The next ring out is more extended family, less-intimate-but-still-close…

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Lady Conference Speaker: What to Wear to a Webinar

Well, folks, it looks like it’s going to be a while before we need to think about packing strategies, standing on physical stages, or managing afterparty politics. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have some things to consider! I’m currently attending an online conference, and I have several more scheduled, and this is just how…

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Tea, Not Coffee: DevRel During a Pandemic

I go to conferences on both sides of the Atlantic, and there’s a slightly hilarious thing that happens at morning caffeine break. Someone from the UK will walk up to the hot drink station and register bafflement, because there’s not hot water to make tea. Also our tea bags are pretty substandard, and there might…

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A Day in the Life of DevRel

This picture was taken on April 11, 2019, in Linz, Austria, at DevOne. I had left the first LaunchDarkly Trajectory conference in the last hour and flown to Austria overnight to speak here. That was The Before Times. This is a capture of my events calendar for last September. There’s a lattice of different-colored event…

That’s not funny

That’s not funny

This is me and my sister with our half-yearly shipment of goods from South Africa. Until I was kindergarten-age, we lived in Zaire, now DR Congo. As you can see, stockpiling is nothing new to me. What you need to know about DR Congo is that it’s not an accident I’m afraid of snakes. There…

Work from home, the Heidi Way

Work from home, the Heidi Way

Your broadband is the wfh problem you don’t see coming

Conference Organizing: It’s your party

Conference Organizing: It’s your party

I have a couple blog posts on conferences, including one on hosting a booth, one on diversity and inclusion, and one on Think Globally, Sponsor Locally I haven’t put together one about what I hope for from conference organizers, though. Disclaimers Every conference, even the massively well-funded ones, is the result of a lot of meetings…

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