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A look back on my tech journey

August 10th, 2017

I’m sure you’ve all been aware of what’s been happening in the tech industry, and it saddens me that we still have to deal with these issues and that this type of toxic thinking is still prevalent. I thought about writing something on it, but there’s better articles out there by people who can articulate their thoughts better than me.

To combat some of this negativity, I wanted to reflect on the positive things in my career and what I’ve learned, because we could all use a bit of positivity, right? This doesn’t mean that everything was smooth sailing because I’ve had my fair share of frustrations and toxic people. However, when I look back on the journey as a whole, I am happy to say that it’s been a positive one that I’m glad I took.


1. I still love what I do.

Just last month, I hit my 10 year anniversary of working in the tech industry. In college, I chose to major in Computer Science, and from the very first semester, I found that I loved it. This interest didn’t falter through my four years there (even if there were some classes I hated). 10 years after graduating, I’m still in the tech industry, and I still love what I do. This is an accomplishment I’m really proud of.

2. I didn’t expect to change my career path.

I started as a software developer, then promoted to senior software developer, and then promoted again to development manager. I’m currently working towards the director level.

5 or 6 years ago, I remember my parents asking me if I wanted to be a manager. I immediately answered “no”. At the time, I was a tech lead, and I wanted to keep being a developer. I did not want to manage people. Somewhere down the road, I realized I was good at it, and it interested me more than I thought. Well, here I am now, managing one of the larger developer teams in our company, and I don’t regret this choice.

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April so far

April 21st, 2016

Uh whoops, I unintentionally took a mini break from blogging and blog hopping. A couple things have kept me busy, and then when I do sit down to blog, I look at the clock and realize, welp, it’s time for bed. Cue the list of things I’ve been up to lately!

1. Instead of blog hopping, I’m Mii hopping on Miitomo. I didn’t expect to be addicted, but I am. Add me on Twitter if you’d like to connect! I’m puyoda on both. You know those blog questionnaires that you tag people in? That’s kind of what Miitomo is, and I think that’s why it’s so fun. You get to answer random questions, which your Mii shares with your friends, and you see your friends’ answers too. Plus, I like collecting clothing for my Mii and taking dumb cool Miifotos!

Yes, a lot of my Miifotos involve food.

Yes, a lot of my Miifotos involve food.

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Recap: Professional-related goals

January 8th, 2016

Back in August, I wrote a blog entry about my professional-related goals. I made them because I realized I always made personal and hobby-related goals but none that focused on the professional side of my life. Moving forward, I’m going to continue adding these type of goals. Now that 2015 is over, let’s see how I did and what I am aiming for in 2016!

2015 Goals

Failed: Finish a personal Ember project
Unfortunately, I still haven’t done much work on my Ember project. Actually… zero work since I posted that blog entry :(

Success: Make code reviews a regular thing
I actually went above and beyond on this one. Code reviews on my team are now mandatory, and my testers will not test anything that has not passed code review yet. Because they weren’t a regular thing before, it was a bit rough to get this practice in place and caused release delays at first. It was all worth it though, and my team actually loves it. They feel like they’re learning a lot and having a second pair of eyes on things makes them feel better about what their work!

Success: Finish work-related books and then get more
My plans changed a bit after I posted this goal, but I still consider it a success. I finished Learning Agile and even applied many Agile practices to my team. I ended up lending User Stories Applied to a coworker who actually wrote our user stories, and I’m still reading Eloquent Ruby.

I also finished Crucial Conversations, which wasn’t originally in the goal. My boss suggested books to help me manage people and deal with tough conversations. I thought the book was really useful and not just for work too; even personal situations can be a crucial conversation. I’m now looking into buying a few more books related to management and Agile practices.

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