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Q + A: Managing Your Time as a Remote Worker

This question came from LinkedIn: “I suppose I’d like to know how to manage your time, both tracking your hours to your employer and time management for myself.” My number one tip for tracking your hours: get a stack of post-its. Let’s pretend you’re working from Oslo, Norway, or Porto, Portugal .  Your team lead/boss is in Chicago.  But, the rest of your team is scattered across California. On your post-it, make room for 3 columns: Where you are, where your boss is, and what you want to do. So in this example, it would be “Porto”, “Chi”, and “Task”.  Put the time you start through the time you finish work in the “Porto” column.  Convert the time that it will be in Chicago, and add it to that column.  Put the task you want to accomplish in each column.  Typically I’ll only put the big stuff, like “Daily Stand” and…

Breaking A Project Up Into Smaller Parts

Hello from San Francisco! In this episode, I wanted to talk to you about how I’m breaking up the timeline for this project. I took some time at the end of the month to enjoy my last days in Portugal, to speak at a conference in Barcelona, and spend time with people and in nature. Now I’m headed into the end of 2017 with a plan! I also talk about some of the security decisions and databases decisions I’ve learned from my boss, and how I’ll apply them to The App. Also, people are already starting to talk about conference season, and I realized that documenting my journey with a podcast could easily be converted to a technical talk. Would you want to see me talk about building an app with React.js, Rails, and getting beta users? LMK. I just realized that @LABuildsAnApp will give me the content I…

Q + A: Having a Non-Technical Background

Hello from Matosinhos, Portugal… and Happy BlogTober! I’m attempting to publish 1 blog post per day for the entire month of October.  Thanks to everyone who has been sending me questions on Twitter and Instagram; it makes it easier for me to come up with blog ideas. If you have a question, slide into my DMs.  I’ll answer them by the end of the week. From My Twitter DMs “My main concern is that my background isn’t related to tech, or close to it. I know that my background can be used as a skill in the future, but wondering what the recruiters might think of this career change concerns me. I studied Customs Administration & Foreign Trade, and have been working in Finance and also in a mix between Agriculture and Commerce.” What I Think This is probably the number one question I get.  People with various degrees are…

Where do I start? Going to events

This post originally appeared on ekoner.com It can be confusing knowing where to start. I started attending tech events about 5 years ago. It was hit and miss! Here I explore what I think about when picking an event so you don’t have to. Which events should I attend? After my third “conference” in four weeks, I’m thinking through how I choose events ad tips for people who are new to events. Most of the events I attend are technical or about co-operation. These tips however can be used for just about any flavour of event you’d like to attend. Why even bother with events? There are so many great reasons to attend events, here’s a few of mine: Learning is fun! Meeting new people is great for collaborating. Meeting people like you stops you feeling alone (especially for women in tech). But what if I’m an introvert? Both introverts…

Using the Airbnb Style Guild, Setting Up GitHub Issues for a new Project, Working by the Beach

As you know, I’m only supposed to be working on this project on the weekends.  During the week, I’ll give myself an hour to do some smaller tasks if they come up, or if I feel like I need to make a small change to existing code. Typically, Saturday is my “marathon” coding day.  I use the term marathon because I’m working typically 6 to 8 hours; nothing too intense.  This means that Fridays are a great opportunity for me to unwind from a long work week, and prep my tasks for Saturday. Youn can listen here: Itunes: http://bit.ly/ReactRails  Bumpers: https://bumpers.fm/u/LaToya      I decided to start implementing the AirBnB Style Guide and set up GitHub Issues.  I’m relocating to an Airbnb by the beach (I’m in Downtown Porto, Portugal now), so I’m hoping to find a nice cafe near the beach I can work from while I sip espresso, and nibble…

Why I’m Using React + Rails 5 in API Mode To Build my Product

Hello from Porto, Portugal! I’ve been working remotely here for 3 weeks.  It’s been a nice stress release, being in a sleepy town full of warm people. If you haven’t heard, I’m building my own product to release to the public.The fun part about creating your own projects is that you can work in whatever technologies you choose.  In this episode, I dive into my decisions to user React and Rails 5 in API mode. You can listen here: Itunes: http://bit.ly/ReactRails  Bumpers: https://bumpers.fm/u/LaToya  I started on the code portion last week, but I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to build for the past few months.  Most of the process involved me sketching out notes on some of my favorite UIS, paying attention to what apps I like, and deciding who my users are.The fun part about creating your own projects is that you can work in whatever technologies…

Coding Challenge: Do a 5 Day Deep Dive Into a Project You Want to Make Progress On

There are plenty of coding challenges floating around the internet.  But, a lot of them are in spaces that feel highly academic (I dropped out of college twice) or are based on competition.  I wanted to participate in a coding challenge that was based on completing a project, watching other people complete projects, and celebrating the fact that we’re all making progress at the same time.  I find it really interesting to see how people approach problems, and what they learn from “failures”. I also knew that I didn’t want to commit to a long-term coding challenge. I write code for a living, so I’m already putting in at least 8 hours per day.  I know myself well enough to know that if I committed to a long-term coding challenge, my self-care wouldn’t be a priority.  And to be perfectly honest with you, when my self-care isn’t a priority, my…

Using Angular and Azure to show Programming Language Trends

Building the Prototype I imagined it being a web app, so my first challenge was a technical one: (re)learning the necessary tools for web development. I chose to learn Angular and struggle with the Plotly JS documentation in order to make the front end. As for the backend, I had to get reacquainted with ASP.NET and Azure, after a break of a few years. But the more interesting challenge came from a design and data visualization perspective. As opposed to other tools with higher data density that also caused more noise when displaying it, I made a conscious decision to have minimal (read clear and uncluttered) presentation that would offer a fast answer, even though it meant showing less data. The Result 🎉 Without any further ado, here’s the result – already live at langstats.azurewebsites.net. Go see it and return! Tech Stack Going a bit into the technical details, the prototype…

I’m Hosting a Demo Day for WiT

Inspired by our Slack’s #victory channel and #WiTBragDay, we’re organizing a remote DEMO DAY end of this month! On August 31st 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm EST, practice bragging about your project alongside a supportable community. Sign up is first come first serve in #demos or DM me with your topic @herlifeinpixels. We’re aiming for at least 5 demos. Anyone is welcome to join in to listen and offer feedback. Shoot me your email for an invite to Google Hangouts. WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT OUR WORK & PROCESSES In an ideal world, the quality of a person’s work could speak for itself, but this isn’t the case for underrepresented folks whose experiences are often overlooked and underestimated. One way to show the industry our value is by getting good at framing what we do and being proactive at giving ourselves credit. For a long time in my career, I’ve struggled with talking…