5 Tips For Resolving Conflict A few weeks ago when recording the mood was hostile. Both Will and BJ were on edge but could not define the problem. Finally after over an hour of recording BJ says, "I'm getting frustrated and angry" to which Will responded, "Me too, let's figure out why." At that point they stopped recording and what happened next is the basis for this episode.
Family: The Myth of the Work-Life Balance Work and life are intermingled and to imply a balance is to imply that one outweighs the other. A better description would be work-life separation and maintaining boundaries.
Coding Faster and Better Faster coding does not equate to better coding. This week Will and BJ put together five tips for faster and better coding to improve performance on the job and in personal projects.
Getting Better At Technical Specifications This week the guys discuss their experiences with technical writing and provide some tips to increase your skills.
Asking Questions and Giving Advice This week the guys broke the episode into two parts. The first half of the episode BJ outlines good question asking strategies for newbies and junior developers. In the second half Will gives advice to senior developers on giving advice to junior developers.
Predictions for 2016 Will and BJ give six predictions each for 2016 five in the development or technology field and the last prediction about the future of the podcast. Enjoy the discussion when they have similar predictions and the debate when they disagree.
Reviews and Resolutions The guys start off the episode with a year in review of their journeys this past year as well as a brief description of setting up the podcast and how it all started. Following this they each give their resolutions for the new year.
Take Control of Your Life Actively setting and reviewing goals helps to maintain focus and motivation. It gives significance to our long term improvements.
Using a Time Tracker to Improve Your Career Will starts the episode out explaining why he started tracking his own time. He describes feeling like his career wasn't going where he wanted and that he never had enough time to get everything done. The guys then discuss why using a time tracker can improve both your career and your personal life. On explaining how to use one they break it down into short and long term processes.
Death Marches Death Marches are typically characterized by heavy turnover, burnout, and timelines that are too aggressive to actually meet. They usually come about though poor management or a disconnect between developers and other departments like sales. Rapid growth may also lead to a death march. Growth of the team or growth of the company if it is a startup.