• Getting Past Biases

    As I was growing up, certain biases were established that I never thought I would get past: Pink is a girl’s color, and blue is a boy’s color. (Oh, marketing folks… social “norms”…) Lawn mowing is a man’s job. (My dad never had my mom mow the lawn... Read the full text.
    • 1 Jul 2018
  • My Super Power – Debugging!

    Almost every night, my boys want me to read books about Iron Man, Hulk, Spiderman, Thor, and even the Guardians of the Galaxy.  They are all about superheroes and villains and super powers.  This had me thinking about all of the skills that make me who... Read the full text.
    • 28 Jun 2018
  • Rockstars Need Not Apply

    My friend Doc posted this on Twitter , and it really grated on me, so much so that I’m compelled to write. Meet Bill. Bill’s a rockstar programmer. He codes fast. Bill doesn’t need to refactor. He codes fast. Bill’s too valuable to take support... Read the full text.
    • 27 Jun 2018
  • 2018… The Year of… Python?!

    Over the past few years, I’ve been dealing with things in C# and Java, especially in bringing newcomers to the field and helping those who may be older in the field get some new tools.  I fell into this groove with C# and Java, and yes, I even had a... Read the full text.
    • 26 Jun 2018
  • Internationally Speaking!

    2018 marks 10 years (and a little of change, counting my 1999 stuff) of speaking in the tech community on a variety of technologies: Linux Administration (Samba) Squeak Python (and IronPython) SQL Silverlight Cross-Platform Development... Read the full text.
    • 21 Jun 2018
  • Internationally Speaking!

    2018 marks 10 years (and a little of change, counting my 1999 stuff) of speaking in the tech community on a variety of technologies: Linux Administration (Samba) Squeak Python (and IronPython) SQL Silverlight Cross-Platform Development... Read the full text.
    • 21 Jun 2018
  • My VB.NET Story

    In my MVP Summit recap, I mentioned that I want to help contribute to the docs on docs.microsoft.com , including Visual Basic.  Many people know that I’ve focused on C# the most in the .NET stack, followed by PowerShell .  VB.NET didn’t get as much focus... Read the full text.
    • 13 Mar 2018
  • My VB.NET Story

    In my MVP Summit recap, I mentioned that I want to help contribute to the docs on docs.microsoft.com , including Visual Basic.  Many people know that I’ve focused on C# the most in the .NET stack, followed by PowerShell .  VB.NET didn’t get as much focus... Read the full text.
    • 13 Mar 2018
  • MVP Summit 2018 Recap

    Last week, I was out at the Microsoft MVP Summit in Redmond, Washington.  As many people know, I’ve been a Microsoft fan all of my life, so going out to the main campus is like a pilgrimage to me.  I made sure to wear some of my MVP gear on the flight... Read the full text.
    • 12 Mar 2018
  • MVP Summit 2018 Recap

    Last week, I was out at the Microsoft MVP Summit in Redmond, Washington.  As many people know, I’ve been a Microsoft fan all of my life, so going out to the main campus is like a pilgrimage to me.  I made sure to wear some of my MVP gear on the flight... Read the full text.
    • 12 Mar 2018
  • Speaking Topics for 2018

    Last year, I added data science to my talks.  This year, I’m planning on growing more of my technical skills – learning React, Vue, and Node.js.  In terms of talks, servant leadership has joined the family of topics, and it’s a topic I’m excited to present... Read the full text.
    • 6 Jan 2018
  • Speaking Topics for 2018

    Last year, I added data science to my talks.  This year, I’m planning on growing more of my technical skills – learning React, Vue, and Node.js.  In terms of talks, servant leadership has joined the family of topics, and it’s a topic I’m excited to present... Read the full text.
    • 6 Jan 2018
  • The Fear of Not Appearing Technical

    Inspired by the greatest Sarah that I’ve met this year who has introduced me to #SarahConf…. this thread really hits home: I want to talk about something that's bugged me for *months* but I've refused to talk about it. I probably just need to get... Read the full text.
    • 1 Jan 2018
  • The Fear of Not Appearing Technical

    Inspired by the greatest Sarah that I’ve met this year who has introduced me to #SarahConf…. this thread really hits home: I want to talk about something that's bugged me for *months* but I've refused to talk about it. I probably just need to get... Read the full text.
    • 1 Jan 2018
  • Earning vs Learning

    Once again, Cory House has a blog-inspiring question: One of life's hardest decisions: Earn vs learn. When you're reached expertise, do you stay put and harvest the returns as long as possible, or consider the expertise as a sign it's time to move... Read the full text.
    • 29 Dec 2017
  • Earning vs Learning

    Once again, Cory House has a blog-inspiring question: One of life's hardest decisions: Earn vs learn. When you're reached expertise, do you stay put and harvest the returns as long as possible, or consider the expertise as a sign it's time to move... Read the full text.
    • 29 Dec 2017
  • Ego Check – Testers Are *Not* Inferior to Devs

    After talking with people – recruiters, developers, testers, and many other techie types – I see a lot of people quick to judge testing as a task inferior to development.  Seriously?! Inferior?!  Ugh!  Time to level set and get some people off of their... Read the full text.
    • 21 Dec 2017
  • Ego Check – Testers Are *Not* Inferior to Devs

    After talking with people – recruiters, developers, testers, and many other techie types – I see a lot of people quick to judge testing as a task inferior to development.  Seriously?! Inferior?!  Ugh!  Time to level set and get some people off of their... Read the full text.
    • 21 Dec 2017
  • Why I Do What I Do

    I have to thank Cory House for mentioning this article about Why Do You Do What You Do Because You Better Know .  With some changes happening, this is something I have personally had to face.  I am wrapping up things at The Software Guild at the end... Read the full text.
    • 5 Dec 2017
  • Why I Do What I Do

    I have to thank Cory House for mentioning this article about Why Do You Do What You Do Because You Better Know .  With some changes happening, this is something I have personally had to face.  I am wrapping up things at The Software Guild at the end... Read the full text.
    • 5 Dec 2017
  • Why I Participate in #PayToSpeak

    Over the past few days, I saw a lot of people talking with the #PayToSpeak hashtag, and knowing that some of my followers were curious, I figured I better weigh in. Community-Run Events When I know an event is community-run, then I know to expect... Read the full text.
    • 4 Dec 2017
  • Why I Participate in #PayToSpeak

    Over the past few days, I saw a lot of people talking with the #PayToSpeak hashtag, and knowing that some of my followers were curious, I figured I better weigh in. Community-Run Events When I know an event is community-run, then I know to expect... Read the full text.
    • 4 Dec 2017
  • Kalamazoo X – Inspiring Change

    For the past 9 years, my dear friend Michael Eaton has been holding an amazing conference in Kalamazoo, MI called Kalamazoo X .  In 2018, he will be putting on the 10th Kalamazoo X conference.  And he has quite the line-up ! In 2009, I had the privilege... Read the full text.
    • 27 Nov 2017
  • Kalamazoo X – Inspiring Change

    For the past 9 years, my dear friend Michael Eaton has been holding an amazing conference in Kalamazoo, MI called Kalamazoo X .  In 2018, he will be putting on the 10th Kalamazoo X conference.  And he has quite the line-up ! In 2009, I had the privilege... Read the full text.
    • 27 Nov 2017
  • Thoughts of My Dream Job Situation

    While watching Twitter, I saw this pop up in my stream: What is your dream job situation? What would you do? Do you have that job now? — SwiftOnSecurity (@SwiftOnSecurity) November 21, 2017 As I have taken a twisty career – tech support to... Read the full text.
    • 22 Nov 2017