Author: Linnea Huxford

  • Put out the fire first.

    Put out the fire first.

    Listening to some podcast which I’ve long since forgotten the name of, I heard a top executive talk about how there was always the fire of the day to put out. This small comment changed how I thought about my work. We have a list of things to do, but the most important task may…

  • The Best Code is the Code you don’t write

    The Best Code is the Code you don’t write

    Earlier in my software development career, I would get an assignment and eagerly jump into writing the code.  Hours later — after frustration and then the joys of success — I had the code done. Writing the code was a learning experience for me — I got better at programming the more I practiced —…

  • Prosopagnosia and Social Development

    Prosopagnosia and Social Development

    I have recently started speaking openly about my prosopagnosia, or face blindness.  I am doing so at a point in my life where it is not a crippling or disabling difference — so I speak not from a standpoint of wanting accommodations or sympathy, but rather I want to be honest, transparent, and spread awareness.…

  • Rapid Change

    Rapid Change

    Future Shock by Alvin Toffler, is about the consequences of rapid technological change.  I read it years ago, but have been really feeling the rapidity of it lately. There is a pace of change that is comfortable for the human mind.  Too fast, and stress increases, and things begin to fall apart.  Some people like…

  • Prosopagnosia (Face Blindness) Coping Strategies

    Prosopagnosia (Face Blindness) Coping Strategies

    Prosopagnosia is the inability to recognize faces.  Also known as “Face blindness.”  There are varying degrees.  Some people can’t even recognize their immediate family’s faces.  Other people have a more mild case where it’s hard to recognize people that they see infrequently, or follow a movie plot when actors are dressed similarly. I’ve been working…

  • What matters the most to you?

    What matters the most to you?

    The only way we really increase our productivity is by choosing what to spend our time on.  Prioritization is what makes scrum teams more effective, and prioritization is the most important part of time management. Do the right things for the right reasons. And, the only way to do the right things, is to decide…

  • Is the bug in the code or the data?

    The answer is always in the code.  Or is it? Yes.  And no. The code depends on the data being a certain way.  If the data is different, the code will fail. This is the lesson that I learn (again) after an almost perfect experience of writing a test-driven solution. I say “perfect” in that,…

  • How to Solve a Software Bug FAST

    [ @todo: Insert photos of bugs and fun stuff.] It’s not always important to solve bugs with great speed.  In fact, “slow down” is a tip I give myself regularly.  BUT, it’s true that I’ve figured out some favorite techniques that help me solve software development bugs in a timely manner, and I hope you find…

  • What you can’t control

    What you can’t control

    In the past, I have tried to rush things that I want, and in doing so, I miss the enjoyment of the journey there. And even in that statement, I am failing to correctly describe the concept.  It is a mistake to assume that I can control the destination. One of life’s greatest struggles is…

  • Adding Node.js to my skillset

    Adding Node.js to my skillset

    Learning Node.js has been in the back of my mind for awhile.  It’s an in-demand skill, and its event-driven nature seems perfect for some ideas I have.  Plus, all of the cool people are writing node.js. A few weeks ago, the right forces came together to convince me that I should write a node.js app.…

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