Job Search Update

Since the last post I made, I’ve done a few things as part of being unemployed. Here’s a selection.

I got in touch with a recruiter in Ontario who hires nationally, through a developer friend who lives in Ontario, and based on our conversation, I told the recruiter that I am not as concerned about the technology used or that they match dollar for dollar my previous salary, but rather that I am willing to take a chance with a company & team which is willing to go the extra mile to make their customers and employees happy. I also mentioned that my preferred technology stack at the moment is not PHP & WordPress, but rather full-stack JavaScript, and HTML5 hybrid mobile apps.

I met with a local recruiter, who pretty quickly came to the conclusion that I am probably often misunderstood by people, and offered to me some advice around maneurisms. Simple things like even maintaining eye contact. I asked him a bit about transitioning to a different technology stack, like .NET, and he said that it can be done, but there would initially probably be a salary penalty. I’ll keep it in mind for now.

I went to the orientation for the self-employment program offered by the YMCA-YWCA, where I got the application for joining the program. I think that program looks amazing, and I’ve already filled out the application, just didn’t get a chance to bring it in today, since I didn’t know whether the right person will be in the office, and they didn’t return my voice mail.

I also attended an orientation session at Opportunities for Employment. This is also pretty cool, and I even got a free suit there! Check me out:

dan-suit

Then there was the Ramp up Year Ender last night. Always a great and friendly group of people. I made sure to tell everyone I spoke with that I was unemployed and to keep me in mind for any opportunities they hear about. One person asked me to send them my resume, one asked to set up an appointment to explore what work we can do together, and another to email them my contact info so they can introduce me to people who might be interested in speaking with me. And all around good wishes and kind friends, and that means a lot.

Today I put up a WordPress plugin up on GitHub, and actually got contacted by someone looking for a developer! ( message me if you also wanna be considered for this job, and I will share the ad for the opportunity with you ). The CEO of the company who contacted me seems very cool, based on a video interview I found on-line.

Thanks for reading. Have a good one.

Today’s Job Search Efforts

I still plan to try to set up my computer further for work on WordPress websites, an initiative I’m hoping will provide lucrative self-employment opportunities, and perhaps even a product with passive income opportunities.

Scrum master cert test: formulate ScrumMaster duties in lay man’s terms

Provide vision for, and coaching toward achievement of below stated enterprise goals ( among others ):

- Input/output needs of parties involved in communication and other interaction/handoff points are well understood, and thus are always adequately met for said parties.

- Planning ( including daily ), goal/task follow-through and prioritization, customer validation and direct/gatekeepered channels for creating a shared team/customer understanding of the problem and proposed solution the software is addressing are all adequately enabled and well managed by the whole team. Continuous learning is employed in order to achieve continued evolution on all aspects of team-working.

- Functionality that the software implements is fully self-testing, fully self-documenting and perfectly annotated, and thus ultimatelly fully malleable as part of each delivery ( the software remains soft ).

- Motivation is actively managed and provided by the servant leaders of the team through enabling autonomy, mastery and full responsibility and empowerment for defining, and following through on, our worthy cause(tm). People are leaving at 5 every day to enable sustainable pace.

Sprint planning meeting

Recently I had the opportunity to consider what questions I need the sprint planning meeting to answer, and I will share it here so I can refer to it later, and in case it would be useful to you.

1. In what way can we adjust the current software so that our users would start using it after the sprint? ( adjust last part if your software is already in use )
2. What seems like the best way we can come up with right now for actually completing the suggested adjustment to the software by the end of the current sprint?
3. Who could we get to actually start use our adjustments to the software at the end of the sprint? ( all users of the software? Beta users? Alpha users? )

Seems it is valuable to keep those questions in mind for the sprint planning meeting. What questions do you try to answer during your sprint planning meeting?

Global Day of Code Retreat – host training session notes

Before the event

  • Join host training if possible
  • Find venue
  • Find sponsors: company, friends, other companies
  • Ask friends for their previous sponsors for leads
  • Venue can be sponsored by other sponsors
  • Breakfast and food can be “home made” at the office
  • Coffee and breakfast in morning are nice to have, but lunch most important. No invoices for food to GDCR, all to local sponsors directly from any vendors
  • Announce after party on time, when announcing the event itself

Announcing the event

  • Do it one month before event so people don’t forget.
  • Send reminders a week and a day before
  • Announce at gdcr website, but use your own RSVP tool
  • Add site to global spreadsheet, write how many attendees you will have
  • Make a local spreadsheet with list of attendees. Maybe add columns for people to fill about their experience with various tools of the trade and gdcr experience
  • Announce global sponsors
  • Announce local sponsors, good to get sponsors in the future too
  • Print name tags
  • If you have more than 25 attendees, try to split them, and have 2 facilitators in 2 venues

Day of event

  • Set up the space before people show up
  • Display and make accessible any Swag from sponsors
  • Register people when they show up, show them around
  • Show where the slides will be accessible at a station
  • Coder dojo video – show it
  • Video call with another city, very short, brings excitement to team
  • Take a look at feed of who is doing what in the world
  • Update the live feed with your session
  • At lunch time, show code retreat related videos
  • Slide deck with sponsors, video call with another city. Update spreadsheet with actual
    number of attendees
  • Take photos, take video, share it with gdcr and with social networks
  • Help clean and pack up.
  • Then the after party
  • There will be a host survey to complete
  • There will be a participant survey as well

Links

I’m gonna be at Ladies Learning Code Winnipeg!

Just got this email from the organizers. Looking forward to it. Gonna try to bring my Dad and wife.

Thank you so much for volunteering to mentor for our Intro To HTML and CSS event! Michelle and I are so excited to host the first Ladies Learning Code course in Winnipeg. We are blown away by the enthusiasm of all of the mentors that want to sign up for the event!

The tech industry in Winnipeg is growing and we need to promote Women in technology. Our hope is that this event will create a community of supporters. Which will help introduce programming to other smart, savvy women.

I know you must have a lot of questions about what being a mentor entails. We just need you to be friendly, helpful and supportive while the ladies work through the course material. The session will be lead by an experienced teacher, Christina Truong. You will be assigned to a small group of students to help guide them in the right direction. Who says coding can’t be social? More specific information will be sent out a few days before the event.

We will do a mixer after the event at a nearby restaurant/pub. We hope you can come out so we can get to know you! I’d love to learn about your experience in the tech industry and why you decided to volunteer for LLC.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michelle and I (reply-all to this email) We are the LLC chapter leads for Winnipeg.

Please help us promote the event to make it a success! We are still have a handful of spots we would like to fill with Ladies Learning. Join the facebook event to stay tuned to the action. Share, tweet, and blog it to all your friends! This is a launch event, so if we are successful we will be able to continue running workshops. This could be the beginning of a great network of brilliant, tech-oriented, women in Winnipeg.

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