Celebrating One Year at Heuristics

I realized earlier that today marks my one year anniversary at Heuristic Solutions (thanks, Facebook ‘On this day’ :-) ).

My time at Heuristics has definitely been a game changer for me. Being able to work alongside Seth Petry-Johnson and Matthew Groves has proved beneficial beyond my imagination. To say, “I’ve learned a lot”, would be an oversimplification of the amount of knowledge I’ve gained over the past year, but that’s the easiest way to put it – I truly have learned a lot.

What does the next year hold?

Hard to say for sure. I would imagine a ton of new lines of code for LearningBuilder and more learnin’.

Outside of that, surprise me.

A Review of the 5 Day Email Course on Blogging By John Sonmez

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been indulging in the content delivered to my inbox by a Mr. John Sonmez.

This content, or what is better known as his 5 day email course on blogging, has been a delight to consume. If you’ve never blogged before, but have always wanted to, I suggest you subscribe to John’s email course. He provides a clear and concise path for potential bloggers to get started easily and quickly that I haven’t found in other blogging materials.

For me, personally, since I’m already somewhat of a blogger, it’s provided a ton of ideas that I plan to work through and implement here.

To close, GO SIGNUP FOR THE COURSE!

CodeMash 2015 Review

I’ve known about CodeMash for about 3 years, and of those three years, I had to skip out on TWO of them. The first year had already sold out before I found out, so there wasn’t much I could do in that situation. The second year, our daughter was born one week before (which I obviously knew ahead of time), so I couldn’t go then either.

Finally, with no children being expected, plenty of forewarning, and a ticket paid for by my [awesome] company, Heuristic Solutions (hey, we’re hiring), I was able to attend!

I didn’t end up attending any of the pre-compilers, only the main two days of sessions.

Let’s get to it!

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Mentoring

When I started at HMB a few years back, one of their policies is that everyone gets a mentor. At first, I wasn’t quite on board with the policy, but I didn’t have much of a choice.

Fast forward two years, I’m no longer at HMB, but with Heuristic Solutions instead. Heuristics is a lot smaller of a company, so pairing people off like HMB did, just doesn’t quite work, especially when you add the fact that a lot of us are remote. However, I realized I actually MISSED having a mentor.

I decided to “take action into my own hands”, so to speak, and reach out to my network on Twitter to see if there would be someone WILLING to mentor me.

The gist is pretty simple – spend some time with me once a month over lunch (my treat), we’ll chat about my desires for what I see as a successful career in technology (still figuring this out, actually).

I had two responses. While that doesn’t seem like a lot, my Twitter network isn’t all that big – and – this is somebody’s spare time they’re giving away to help another. So, while two doesn’t seem like a lot, I consider that a complete success.

I ended up having to choose, which was difficult. Granted, I could have more than one mentor, and might seek that out in the future, but for now, we’ll start with one :)

I chose Seth Petry-Johnson, who I also work with at Heuristic Solutions. Seth is the technical architect on LearningBuilder, the product I work on full-time. I won’t go into great detail, you can check out his blog/twitter/etc., but Seth is a highly skilled software craftsman whom I respect quite a lot.

We had our first lunch on 8/21, and I have homework :). That, to me, says I found a great mentor.

I’ll try to post more often as we meet, and work on getting me on some sort of path :)