Comments for the evolving ultrasaurus https://www.ultrasaurus.com Sarah Allen's reflections on internet software and other topics Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:40:20 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 Comment on creating a custom rake task by Wellington Torrejais da Silva https://www.ultrasaurus.com/2009/12/creating-a-custom-rake-task/#comment-6495 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:40:20 +0000 https://www.ultrasaurus.com/?p=2236#comment-6495 Thanks!

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Comment on impact matters more than intent by Progress Doesn't Always Feel Good - The Art of Ass-Kicking https://www.ultrasaurus.com/2017/08/impact-matters-more-than-intent/#comment-6312 Sun, 20 Aug 2017 20:46:44 +0000 https://www.ultrasaurus.com/?p=6288#comment-6312 […] over large populations that have not been proven to impact engineering performance. This is a dangerous generalization to have circulate across Google’s 72,000 employees and then have leak into the tech media — […]

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Comment on impact matters more than intent by Barbara Edwards https://www.ultrasaurus.com/2017/08/impact-matters-more-than-intent/#comment-6239 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 19:23:11 +0000 https://www.ultrasaurus.com/?p=6288#comment-6239 So true . Worked with a brilliant engineer who thought his clients were stupid. Of course no one was going to share with him the complex details of their requirements. He did not create a supportive, collaborative work environments.

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Comment on impact matters more than intent by Biology isn't why tech is a boys' club | 7NewsPlus https://www.ultrasaurus.com/2017/08/impact-matters-more-than-intent/#comment-6238 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:30:19 +0000 https://www.ultrasaurus.com/?p=6288#comment-6238 […] who publicly commented on the memo on her blog, said it illustrated conscious […]

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Comment on impact matters more than intent by Ricky Grove https://www.ultrasaurus.com/2017/08/impact-matters-more-than-intent/#comment-6237 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:14:42 +0000 https://www.ultrasaurus.com/?p=6288#comment-6237 Thank you for helping me understand this complex idea of diversity. Testing for communication skills and a willingness to work with different kinds of people is a great idea.

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Comment on impact matters more than intent by Dru L https://www.ultrasaurus.com/2017/08/impact-matters-more-than-intent/#comment-6235 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:25:27 +0000 https://www.ultrasaurus.com/?p=6288#comment-6235 How about the hazing – male sales reps are hazed at one very large networking company – hookers, orgies, cocaine – try being a woman placed across the hall at the Westin while every guymgr you thought highly of entered the “stag suite”.

You ignore or your mgr divy’s the options to his “boys”; you complain you get a territory and no engineer despite being hired in as a director w 11 reports: your bonus’ becomes tied to your “local” territory east beejeezus and when your team blows out your goal the CEO you walked in on in a bathroom stall decides to try to deny your five digit bonus …they call it taking away resources until you choke.

That is why you don’t find many women over 50 in tech sales – some have ptsd, others burned out. They became realtors, brokers, eBay sellers, yoga instructors and attorneys …women ARE different; they will leave a boys club and reinvent themselves.

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Comment on the vision thing by moislearning https://www.ultrasaurus.com/2017/02/the-vision-thing/#comment-5497 Thu, 02 Mar 2017 17:56:24 +0000 https://www.ultrasaurus.com/?p=6165#comment-5497 Great article, I think there are multiple stereotypes including “Coders don’t need to know business” that need to change. Regardless, to solve our problems with this, we keep our UX/UI and product meetings open to everyone and once in a week (usually fridays) we go over our vision for the product, where it is headed and how the things we did this week effects it.

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Comment on the vision thing by sarah https://www.ultrasaurus.com/2017/02/the-vision-thing/#comment-5494 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:26:01 +0000 https://www.ultrasaurus.com/?p=6165#comment-5494 I never thought of this as a gender-based philosophy. When I think of this kind of vision, I think of Steve Jobs’ “reality distortion field” where his vision convinced engineers to make something incredibly good, Doug Engelbart’s “mother of all demos” which illustrated his vision for the future of computing, and the famous Alan Kay quote “the best way to predict the future is to invent it.” The fact that I don’t have women on that list probably has more to do with an imbalanced coverage of history, where women are less likely to be quoted or credited for their vision or leadership.

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Comment on the vision thing by Ilmari Kontulainen https://www.ultrasaurus.com/2017/02/the-vision-thing/#comment-5493 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:32:23 +0000 https://www.ultrasaurus.com/?p=6165#comment-5493 Good read! We have tried to overcome the above obstacles with added transparency and communication.

bugs or not working software -> code reviews and quality gates
product not successful -> follow customer feedback more
happy customer and cancelled product -> better communication with project sponsors (hasn’t happened)

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Comment on the vision thing by TMS https://www.ultrasaurus.com/2017/02/the-vision-thing/#comment-5492 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:19:00 +0000 https://www.ultrasaurus.com/?p=6165#comment-5492 Strangely this way of thinking is not uncommon among female engineers. I know entire post-graduate classes in sustainability engineering and bio-medical engineering that are female and yet almost no women attending lots of the tech events in London and elsewhere (look at the pictures they tweet) .

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