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Tech Transformation Takes More Than Just Software

April 27, 20215 min read

To successfully modernize your legacy technical systems, you have to start by modernizing the human systems that support them.

When is the Right Time to Pay Down Tech Debt?

March 09, 20214 min read

Technical debt in software projects is unavoidable. It’s the cost of doing business. The key to maintaining a healthy codebase is proactive debt management.

Telling your story with Git

October 14, 20206 min read

I love "green", atomic commits. But I'm human and my brain doesn't work linearly. Here are some of my favorite commands for rewriting local Git history.

Jest Mocking Strategies

July 12, 202013 min read

I've been spending too much time wrestling with uncooperative mocks. This post breaks down what to consider when mocking with Jest and a variety of strategies for structuring your mock implementations.

Code Isn’t Neutral: How We Instill Our Values

July 07, 20204 min read

Code doesn’t live in a vacuum: by existing in our world and society, the products our code creates are not neutral. Developers have the opportunity to express their values within the code itself.

Boxes and lines: a frugal person's UML

July 06, 20206 min read

Time is expensive. Learning all the subtleties of UML would take a lot of time and require your audience to do the same. Boxes and lines are all you need to create informative diagrams that everyone can understand.

Legacy application code review - Part 2: The details

July 04, 20207 min read

Legacy code bases get a bad rap, but they are fun puzzles to solve. What should you look for when inheriting a legacy code base, what can you learn from a code review, and how should that affect your recommendations and estimates?

Legacy application code review - Part 1: The big picture

July 04, 20206 min read

Legacy code bases get a bad rap, but they are fun puzzles to solve. What should you look for when inheriting a legacy code base, what can you learn from a code review, and how should that affect your recommendations and estimates?

9 little details to remember on the day of your conference talk

January 26, 20205 min read

The worst part about nerves is that they can make you forget tiny details. Remembering the little things can really elevate the talk experience for your attendees.

8 nitty gritty tips for creating valuable slides

January 18, 20208 min read

Here are some specific, practical tips for creating slides that your audience will get the most out of.