On Saturday I attended the very excellent Code Camp Wellington. Here are some of my sketchnotes from the talks I went to.
Text version of sketchnotes for “Success suits you! / Embrace greatness – Shiffy Lal”
- Write down stuff to get in out of your head.
- Are you afraid of failure? Success?
- Know your why
- Define your values
- Use what is in your hand
- Back yourself
- Pace yourself
- Be an opportunist
Text version of sketchnotes for “Staff Engineering: A technical alternative to management – Annie Vella”
- Careers are long
- Junior to Intermediate to Senior
- to Manager to Director to VP
- (or) to Staff to Principal to Distinguished.
- This is a new, recent, alternative path.
- It means increase scope: other teams, the organisation.
- You can pendulum between Engineer and Manager tracks. It’s more side-to-side than back-and-forth.
- Choose a path that gives you energy.
- The Dreyfus model: novice to expert. About 10 years of difficult, varied, experience.
Text version of sketchnotes for “Build confidence with tests – Helen Kyryliuk”
- Make sure code works
- Reduce anxiety about changes
- are an investment in good code
- The testing trophy
- Static, Unit, Integration, End to End
- “Write tests. Not too many. Mostly integration.”
- The more out test are like user behaviour
- the more confidence we can have
- the less frequently the tests change (because they aren’t tied to implementation)
Text version of sketchnotes for “Building a culture of experimentation – Gareth Bradley”
- Why experiment?
- The path forward isn’t clear
- To improve or optimise
- Time is expensive
- Why have a culture of experimentation?
- It’s part of a high-performing team
- It’s fun to be scrapped sometimes
- Look at what got better and what got worse.
Text version of sketchnotes for “Roadblocks in the early career of a developer – Dev Academy Panel”
- I need to be good at maths
- I’m not smart enough
- I’m not fast enough
- Am I a “real” developer?
- The problems are often (inter)personal, not tech
- A sense of belonging is very important.
Also! I did a tiny ten minute lightning talk: “D&D and Accessibility”.