Learning about operations, and other things we’re reading

Our new contributor Mandy Moore, also known around the Internets as @therubyrep, is a podcast audio expert, mother of orange tabbies, sucker for bad reality television, and boxed wine connoisseur. She adores her 7-year-old daughter, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and sitting around fire pits while listening to country music. She is a huge advocate for STEM education and women in technology.

Blog Posts:

What I’ve Learned After Three Months of Coding (Almost) Daily

If you are new to programming like I am, Shanise Barona breaks it down to easy, “Yeah, I can do this,” steps. She also stresses the importance of finding community and this week I am thrilled to have found that in the Women in Technology Slack Group. There are over 200 channels and almost 1,500 members! I’ve loved the conversations I’ve been involved in already, and I hope to have many, many more!

Operations for Software Developers for Beginners

Julia Evans definitely knows what she’s doing when it comes to operations. If you’re thinking Ops is your thing, definitely check out this article and follow Julia everywhere.

Bonus! Also check out Charity Majors. Charity was on an awesome new podcast this week called Greater Than Code (disclaimer: I run the show). The first half of the show focuses on DevOps and then veers into a more personal conversation about misogyny in technology.

Mid-Career Survival for People Who Don’t Want to be an Attrition Statistic When They Grow Up: Talk Transcript

If only I could have been there in person to see it live. Originally a talk by Julie Pagano at AlterConf, she shares her talk in transcript form complete with the slides from the conference.

There is only one thing that I can think of to say about why you should go read these slides and here it is: Go read these slides. I promise you won’t regret it. It gave me a case of the feel-goods for a solid hour after reading them.

Conference Talk of the Week:

This talk is part of our “Favorite Talks” YouTube Playlist. Check it out and subscribe!

In this talk by Stephanie Morillo, presented at Alterconf Portland 2015, she discusses how white privilege affects her as a woman of color in the tech industry and via diversity initiatives, as well as how the usage of the term “diversity” to loosely bring all marginalized people together without giving thought and attention to specific issues has made it harder for other groups to get much-needed visibility in their issues.

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