Mike Dent (@oranjutanj)
Humanising Software Development
My name is Mike. I look after humans who create digital experiences for other humans. My job is to keep all those humans happy.
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- Why we should think before labelling someone as a millennialMy degree was in astrophysics. When I mentioned that I studied astronomy to people, the response, “can you read my horoscope?” was more common than I’d have liked. Why did that bother me? It wasn’t that people didn’t know whatContinue reading “Why we should think before labelling someone as a millennial”
- Being an engineering manager and a coachTLDR: Listen to people and have good intentions. Read time ~ 6 mins For anyone who’s spent five minutes trying to understand me, they know that my purpose is to grow myself to grow others. My path in the lastContinue reading “Being an engineering manager and a coach”
- 6 lessons I’ve learned from working with Agile NinjasTLDR; Eliminate waste.Read Time ~ 5 minutes Boy has it been an odd year. A year of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA), and having an agile mindset has never been more important. Despite the sombre backdrop of 2020, goodContinue reading “6 lessons I’ve learned from working with Agile Ninjas”
- Why emotional intelligence is increasingly required in software developmentTLDR; Because AI can’t automate human emotion (yet).Read time ~ 7 minutes “emotional intelligence—the ability to, for instance, understand your effect on others and manage yourself accordingly—accounts for nearly 90 percent of what moves people up the ladder when IQContinue reading “Why emotional intelligence is increasingly required in software development”
- The balance of people and productTLDR; favour people. So a combination of finishing my new favourite book “The Infinite Game” by Simon Sinek, a change in career and some pretty heavy family events has led me to reflect a lot on this question. To clarify,Continue reading “The balance of people and product”
- A call to action for software companies – talk to each other!“At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behaviour accordingly” Agile Principles So states the agile principle, but considering we’re all supposed to be finding new ways of improving, it sureContinue reading “A call to action for software companies – talk to each other!”
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