Workplace red flags and learning to speak out imperfectly

I was hit this week by a blizzard that brought 20+ inches of snow to my town in Pennsylvania. Fun! Can it just be spring yet? I need hiking, kayaking, campfires, and sun in my life. Agreed?


Follow along as Becoming Technical: Building an Amazing Career in Tech From Ground Zero is written by Andrea Goulet and Jocelyne Morin-Nurse!

This Tweetstorm about switching names with a male coworker.

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Tech Done Right Episode 006: Using Software to Create Better Countries: Recovering with Andy Slavitt: How can we use software to build better countries? Andy Slavitt shares what he learned leading the recovery effort on in 2013 and 2014.

Greater Than Code Episode 023: Lorena MesaLorena Mesa talks about politics and software, using Python for data collection, and communication and organization within communities.


The Inhumane Workplace: 10 Red Flags to watch out for: Tanya Johnson has been speaking to people about what makes their workplaces good (or bad) recently, and after running a successful conference session about it, she wrote this article.

Learning to Speak ImperfectlyGwendolyn Weston describes her struggle to speak out in group settings, especially on the spot. Her conclusion is that it is better to speak out imperfectly than not at all.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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“How To Make Your Game Just Completely Hilarious: The Stanley Parable” by William Pugh

A fun and silly talk from GDC 2015. The Stanley Parable co-creator William Pugh tries, in his own words, to “desperately attempt to deconstruct The Stanley Parable to find an excuse for its success.” He hilariously describes his top tips for making games funny.

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Mandy Moore, also known around the Internets as @therubyrep, is a podcast production expert, mother of orange tabbies, and sucker for bad reality television. 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.