You are reading the mostly coherent ramblings of a writer and software nerd based in San Francisco of the California Republic. Currently, I work for the Tracker team at Pivotal Labs. My professional blog for Pivotal Labs is here.
I started blogging as a way to sort out my learning on the job in software testing and the academic work I was doing for my Masters in Software Engineering. It has settled into a blog which echoes my journey through a crazy high-tech career and my obsession with writing. You can read more about my blogging habits here.
The posts you will find here reflect aspects of my professional credo:
- Writing will always be the thing I do first and best
- At the crossroads of collaboration and craft stands an open well of deep creativity. Great software emerges from those who gulp from and bathe themselves in the water of this well
- Software thrives with transparency and reciprocity between its makers, its users and its surrounding community
- Workplace safety is non-negotiable and includes emotional safety in the milieu of conferences, email lists, twitter and meet-ups. If someone (a boss, peer, industry expert) says or does something that compromises my safety, I have the right to walk out whether it’s a conference presentation, workplace brown bag or one-on-one meeting
- An open web, open information, open data and open source software are all critical for social justice on a global scale
- Humans and their expressions are too complex to ever be completely definable by technology or labels.
- Software is better when it is made by a team that functions not as a well-oiled machine but as a team of humans who respect each other and know how to collaborate
- Focusing on the values in the Agile Manifesto means that software is built with heart and balance no matter what the process is called.
- If safety and humility are a primary focus, confidence and risk-taking flow.