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These are some notes I took during a talk @ THAT conference.

Get the Boring Stuff Right

  • Users want reliable software ~ Honda ! Mercedes
  • Make customers happy
  • Learn the boring skills

Mindset

  • Take responsibility
  • Growth Mindset ~ Abilities can grow and are not fixed
  • Growth > Fixed
  • 10x devs are made

Planning

  • Fail to plan, plan to fail
  • Make a plan for skill development

Deep Work

  • Schedule a block of time for deep learning 30 - 60 minutes per day ( no excuses ).
  • Find the available time even if it is isn't ideal i.e The morning
  • Find purpose ~ What do you want? ~ Stability, Money, Impact, Interesting?
  • Find the relevant people and ask questions
  • Use purpose as a filter
  • Single thread the deep work, don't jump around, define an end goal.
  • Project, follow up, skill acessment
  • Use what you learn ~ write up, follow up, present, project key to recall
  • Take notes

Repurpose Downtime for Learning

  • Apps
  • Podcast
  • Audible

Make your phone work for you

  • Get rid of social media apps
  • Turn off all notifications
  • Feed reader RSS
  • Insta Paper || Pocket to save articles

Skill Portfolio

  • Boring is blue chip, eg build maintainable code
  • Risky investments in Skills
  • Mix portfolio, 75 / 25 ( blue / risky )
  • Learn the fundamentals in the beginning
  • More risky learning when the base is created
  • Use thought works tech radar
Breakdown
Go Deep

1 - 3 skills Pair with Deep Learning

Follow

4 - 10 skills Pay attention to the skill but don't necessarily dive deep Potential Go Deep

Avoid

10 skills These things are not to be focused on and can take away from the bigger goal


Evergreen Skills


Basic design and UX

  • Users see it
  • Use a nice looking framework
  • Color Picking tools
  • Learn Layout

Resource

  • Design for hackers
  • Design of everyday things
  • Don't make me think

Learn the fundamentals of the stack well

  • Enables quick adoption of frameworks

Performance

  • Users see it
  • Monitor
  • Adjust

Security

  • Protect the data
  • Learn the details
  • Don't overlook the details

Resources

  • OWASP
  • Pluralsight

Maintainability

  • Modules
  • Compose
  • Test
  • Practice

Soft Skills

  • Clarity
  • Comunnication

Resource

  • On Writing
  • Hemingway
  • Grammarly

Persuasion

Resource

  • Influence

Conflict Resolution

  • Ask good questions
  • Don't accuse
  • Help people meet their needs

Resource

  • Crucial conversations

Critical Thinking

  • System 1 && 2

    Resource

    • Thinking fast and slow

Stress and Ego management

  • Meditation
  • Stoic

Resource

  • The Obstacle is the way

Meta Learning

  • Learn how to learn
  • Repetition and recall

Resource

  • Make it stick
  • The four hour chef

Key Takeaways

Take Responsibility Prioritise Focus

Blue chip skills > Shiny and new!

You are in charge of your trajectory.