Jason Fried at 37signals has a new book out titled, “Remote: Office Not Required.” I listened to the audio version on a recent road trip. I’ve now purchased the Kindle version so I could go back through it more carefully. Not only is it full of good arguments and practical tips on working remotely, but also ends up having great lessons on company culture, recruiting and retaining top talent, motivation, preventing burnout, and removing roadblocks. Essentially, it’s about creating a healthy work environment that enables everyone in a company to do amazing work, whether they are in the office or not. One of my favorite quotes:
“If you let them, humans have an amazing power to live up to your high expectations of reasonableness and responsibility.”
It’s a short, concise read, and I highly recommend it. The unabridged audio version is only 3 hours and 22 minutes. Find out more at 37signals/remote.
devLink 2013 was yet another awesome conference. I have such a blast every year: great sessions, and invaluable networking opportunities with old friends and “old friends who’ve just met.”
Thanks again to all who came to my sessions, and for the feedback. Here are links to get to code and slides.
Intro to RavenDB
Web Services at Ludicrous Speed with ServiceStack
(code | slides)
Something I’ve been thinking about recently is the long-term impact that social media will have on society. Good or bad, everything we post on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, or other social media becomes permanent public record. What impact will the content we publish today have on our lives 10, 20, or 30 years from now? What about after we are gone?
What if my Dad had Twitter?
My Dad passed away from cancer when I was 21. I have some good memories of my Dad, but I can count on one hand the number of conversations we had the last 5 years of his life. I never got to know my Dad in my adult years. Being similar in many ways, I’m certain he could have given me insight into family, career, and personal struggles. At the very least, he could have shared with me what wisdom he’d gained from his own personal failures.
The thought occurred to me, “What if social media had been around in my Dad’s lifetime?”
Without a doubt, I would find and read every post, tweet, or message I could get my virtual hands on. I would want every possible clue as to what he was like, and what made him tick. And, in knowing him, perhaps I would better know myself.
In light of that realization, should I be taking social media more seriously?
Leaving a Virtual Legacy
I’ve not always succeeded, but I try to conduct myself online in a responsible way. I understand that anyone could be watching and reading. What legacy am I leaving my children and future generations?
What legacy are you leaving?
I am excited to announce that I’m joining LeanKit as Senior Software Developer and Technical Evangelist. Chris Hefley, co-founder and CEO, is a long-time friend I have had the pleasure of working with a couple of times in my career, which makes this move extra-special. Chris started LeanKit in 2009 with co-founders Stephen Franklin, Daniel Norton, and Jon Terry. Today LeanKit is a rapidly growing startup, and poised to be the premier online tool for Kanban.
What is Kanban? The short answer is it’s a way to visualize work and the flow of work from start to finish. This is typically done using sticky notes or index cards representing the work to be done, placed on a board that has columns for each stage that work has to go through, such as “to-do,” “doing,” and “done.” Although there is much more to Kanban, simply visualizing work and the progression of work through stages can bring incredible insight to teams and stake-holders.
Since part of my role at LeanKit will be technical evangelist, I’m looking forward to it being my job to get more involved in the developer community, both online and at various events. If you have any questions about LeanKit, Kanban, or developing custom LeanKit solutions for your organization, please feel free to contact me here, Twitter, or on LinkedIn.
I recently gave my Intro to RavenDB presentation at the virtual aspConf. The presentation was recorded and is now up on Channel 9.