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Bridging the Gap Between Software Development and Leadership Roles
Bridging the Gap Between Software Development and Leadership Roles

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Are software development teams mislabelling themsevles as "Agile"? I think our team is better described as a "Continuous Improvement" team, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that.

http://devleader.ca/2015/06/29/yeah-were-an-agile-shop/

#Agile #Software #Programmers #Developers #Testers #Team #Development #Improvement #ContinuousImprovement

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What is burn out? Different people describe it in different ways. In general, it has to do with being over-stressed for long periods of time and it can result in failure to bring balance to different parts of your life.

Here are a handful of posts that describe what it is, how you might prevent it, and how you can work towards recovering from it:
http://devleader.ca/2015/05/04/article-roundup-burn-out/

#DevLeader #Stress #BurnOut #Articles #Reading #Balance #Perspective

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I wanted to share my own personal experience with going through burn out. It's an analysis of how I've gotten to where I'm at, the trade-offs I made, and my steps for trying to correct all of this. My goal is to help others identify if they're going through the same thing so they can take some positive corrective actions:

http://devleader.ca/2015/04/24/burn-out/

#BurnOut #Startups #Programming #Leadership #Tips #Stress #Goals #Perspective #DevLeader

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Do you do one on ones with your team? Have you tried tweaking the process at all to improve it? Here are a few recent changes I've made to our one on one process that I feel have had a really positive effect:

http://devleader.ca/2015/04/21/one-on-one-evolution/

#DevLeader #Leadership #Management #ContinuousImprovement #Feedback #OneonOne

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Our first C# Dev Connect meetup was a great success! Big shout out to my colleague Chris Sippel who did a great job presenting on threading in C#. Hope to see you at the next one!

http://devleader.ca/2015/01/24/c-dev-connect-1-intro-threading/

#CSharp #DotNet #Meetup #Coding #Programming #Presentation #KW #Waterloo #Examples #Tutorials #Development #Software #Threading #Threads #CSDevConnect #DevConnect

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I'm excited to announce that the first C# Dev/Connect meetup will be held this Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at Magnet Forensics HQ here in Waterloo! Chris Sippel will be giving a short talk on threading in C#, we'll have an opportunity to code a few threading exercises, and we'll even have food provided! Come check it out!

http://devleader.ca/2015/01/18/first-c-dev-connect-is-coming-up/

#CSharp #DevConnect #DotNet #Programming #Presentation #Threading #Meetup #MagnetForensics #KW #Waterloo #ChrisSippel #Tutorial #Event #CSDevConnect #DevLeader

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Waiting for a #MyoSharp update? Stay tuned. We'll have something shortly. http://ow.ly/FvMXT #Myo #Thalmic #OpenSource

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Here's my first in a series of posts I'm going to put together on why you should have programming side-projects and my experiences with my own.

http://devleader.ca/2014/11/09/projectxyz-started-side-project-part-1/

Check out the source for it over here on GitHub:
https://github.com/ncosentino/ProjectXyz

#DevLeader #CSharp #DotNet #Moq #TDD #Interfaces #Game #OpenSource #Programming #Code #API #Design #Architecture

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We've had a blast creating the first version of MyoSharp, an open source C# wrapper for working with Thalmic's Myo armband. Check it out!

http://devleader.ca/2014/10/06/controlling-myo-armband-c/

#Myo #MyoArmband #Thalmic #ThalmicLabs #Wearables #Programming #Tutorial #Pinvokes #Bluetooth #OpenSource #API #HowTo

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Continuous improvement is important even for your regular leadership responsibilities. Here's a tweak I made to try and improve mine:

http://ow.ly/A9snV #Adapt

#ContinuousImprovement #Leadership #Management #OneonOne #Empower #Engage #Improve #Adapt #Change #Leader #DeveLeader
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