My Tips on Having Fun in Your Career

My Tips on Having Fun in Your Career

Back in December Ryan Rhoten got in touch with me about being a guest on his podcast. Ryan’s show features business professionals who offer advice, tell stories, and answer Ryan’s questions. It’s a very well done show, so it was an honor to be included. On the show, Ryan and I talked about Packback, hiring – […]

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An Update on Engineering at Packback

An Update on Engineering at Packback

As I enter my second full year of working with Packback, I can say that it’s already been an exciting and challenging experience. When I came in on my first day, there were five offshore developers dragging files onto two servers with absolutely no discernable workflow, coding standards, or version control system. The first few […]

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Trello as a Reading List

Trello as a Reading List

I hated reading in high school and “never had time,” in college. I kind of regret that, but I guess there’s a time in your life when you want to spend all your free time socializing and a time in your life when you want a little peace and quiet with a good book. Anyway, […]

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Start Learning Code in 2015

Start Learning Code in 2015

If you’ve made a resolution this year to learn a new skill, why not start with one of the most in-demand career wise? You may assume that to understand something as complex as web development, you need to go back to school or enroll in expensive classes. Think again. Believe it or not, many web developers […]

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Keeping Goals Manageable

Keeping Goals Manageable

It’s time for New Year’s Resolutions, which means it’s time for at least 127,000,000 of people in America to set a goal that they will ultimately fail. Only 8% of New Year’s Resolutions succeed, and there are plenty of reasons for that, but I’m not going to go into most of them here. Today I just […]

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Having More and Choosing Less

Having More and Choosing Less

If you’ve been reading me for the past couple years, you know that one of my big personal projects is to cut down on excess. This is hard to do in our pro-gadget, pro-consumerist society, but I think it’s a worthwhile pursuit, and even just consciously thinking about it from time to time makes you […]

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On Giving Thanks

It’s way too easy to skate through life expecting certain things from other people and not mindfully giving thanks. I’m as guilty of it as anyone, and it’s not just something we should be paying attention to around the holidays. It really should be a yearlong, daily thing. Expressing gratitude can actually make you happier. […]

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Working Hours, Burnout, and Pacing

Working Hours, Burnout, and Pacing

Running at a small business or startup can be taxing – both mentally and physically – especially when long hours and tight deadlines are the norm. At different stages of a company’s life, different levels of commitment are required, but no matter what you’re working on, it’s not productive to keep grinding away month after month without giving yourself a […]

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