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Career Development


September 29, 2017  9:46 PM

Lessons Learned in Corporate Training

Matt Heusser Matt Heusser Profile: Matt Heusser
Education, IT, Teaching, Training

corporate trainingSix years...

September 13, 2017  9:23 PM

Building Technical Resumes

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
Interviews, resume, resumes

I got an email from a company today claiming they are planning to kill the resume. I recently gave up on a several year experiment of not having a resume. Sometime around 2013 I stopped updating my resume with each job change. After a while, I forgot where the file was on my computer or in the...


July 24, 2017  10:06 PM

The Decline of The Coding School

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
IT training and certifications, Job training

In the past couple of weeks, Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard have both gone out of business. It is hard to point to an exact reason. It could be market saturation, the intersection of price and willingness to pay,...


May 19, 2017  11:02 AM

So, You Want a Raise

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
IT compensation, money

Asking for a raise sucks. My pattern is usually to spend a few days or weeks brooding over what I'm making. One day after getting psyched up, I finally ask. The answer usually relates back to having to check the budget to see where things are, or a reference to a hiring and compensation freeze,...


January 17, 2017  10:02 AM

The Technical Career Ladder

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
IT careers, IT jobs

I have been privy to a few conversations around the topic of career progression lately. Maybe it is the time of year. It is almost time for performance reviews. People with full time jobs are probably wondering if they are getting a raise and how much that will be. And also if they will get...


December 26, 2016  9:55 AM

Making Process Transformation Work

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
Agile, process, Training

How long does it take for process transformation to work? To a reach critical mass at a company for the amount of people that will not just abide by the new rules, but believe in them. For


December 7, 2016  8:04 PM

Motivating Tech Workers

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
incentives, IT compensation, motivation

I did something stupid a couple of days ago, I got into an argument on twitter. Someone made a post claiming monetary incentives always harm performance. The word always being used there made my head spin, and I just couldn't resist. I have been reading a book called


August 29, 2016  10:56 AM

Vetting New Employees

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
Interview, Interviews

I was eavesdropping on a conversation about vetting technical skill during an interview in a local Slack channel last week. One person suggested live programming or logic exercises on a white board. Others responded that this is inhumane and rigged against people that need a quiet space without...


December 21, 2015  9:22 AM

How To Ace A Performance Review (if you must)

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
Career Development, performance

It's performance review season. The temperature outside has been steadily dropping for a month now. Unless you're in California or Florida,  you probably have to let the car run for a minute to melt off ice on the windshield. Instead of having a few more hours of sunlight each day at the end of...


November 30, 2015  12:52 PM

Strike Up the Band

Michael Larsen Michael Larsen Profile: Michael Larsen
Career Development

Back in 1993, I performed my last show as a professional musician. This had been an endeavor that I had pursued, quite doggedly, for the better part of a decade. I had a number of successes and failures along the way, and I learned a lot of skills that would serve me well in my future career as a...


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