Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Agile/Scrum: Introduction


"Agile" and "Scrum" have become blurry buzzwords too many people.  They speak of "sprint that" or "scrum this" and all too often it is a misapplication of the concept.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Focus T25, Week 3 - The Priority Shifts


It's week 3 of the Focus T25 workout.  Calves are still taking a beating from all of the hopping around, but there has been a shift in priority as the workouts change.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Job Search Lessons - Maintain Search/Life Balance


Don't be this guy.  Looking for a new job can be consuming, especially if you are out of work while you do it.  If you show up to interviews frazzled, exhausted, and desperate, you are probably not going to get hired.

The good news is that we can mitigate this.  And thus begins the final job search lesson.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Job Search Lessons - Contact Management


That thing in the picture is a Rolodex.  It used to be such a commonplace tool for contact management that it became the defacto noun used to refer to one's contacts, e.g., an "extensive Rolodex" meant you had a lot of contacts. I never had one.

By the time I really started worrying about maintaining contacts, I was using an electronic device of some sort to do it.  But that does not mean I did it well.  Let's learn from my mistakes.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Focus T25 Workout - Week 1


Last week I decided to try the "Focus T25" workout for real.  I bought it some time ago, to get some ideas for bodyweight routines, but I never really went by their prescribed schedule.

Well, last Monday, I decided to follow their schedule and here's what I learned.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Job Search Lessons: Cover Letters Are Your Friends


I remember when I first had to write a cover letter.  It was yet another step in applying for a job.  Just interview me already!

That's the wrong way to look at it. Let's re-think it.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Job Search Lessons: LinkedIn + Indeed = Win



I have just wrapped up a successful job search and embarked on a great new opportunity.  I feel like this is the first "real" job search I have ever performed, because my prior jobs had been a long string of being recruited into the next job.  I learned a lot about the process and a little about myself along the way.

In today's job search, the job search site is ubiquitous, and they all promise to be better than the rest. Well, they surely cannot all be right.