Comments for the evolving ultrasaurus https://www.ultrasaurus.com Sarah Allen's reflections on internet software and other topics Thu, 02 Mar 2017 17:56:24 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 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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Comment on the vision thing by balsamiqval https://www.ultrasaurus.com/2017/02/the-vision-thing/#comment-5491 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:03:59 +0000 https://www.ultrasaurus.com/?p=6165#comment-5491 As usual, I love hearing how you think about complex issues. Motivation is complex! And while it’s likely that complex perspectives are shared by a large number of people, they must be explained in detail, ipso facto, as they say. :-)

So: when you say Good engineers will build something that works for a wider audience, I think you’re already expecting Good equals super complex thinkers who track and comprehend your vision.

Which means you all need to have it pretty baked.

It’s like playing Team Chess!

For me, it’s interesting to compare when considering this in the context of an existing team one might be corralling, or when putting together a new team of unknowns.

xoxo

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Comment on remaining awake through a revolution by aaron https://www.ultrasaurus.com/2017/01/remaining-awake-revolution/#comment-5486 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 02:22:23 +0000 https://www.ultrasaurus.com/?p=6144#comment-5486 Thanks, Sarah!

I always think of this quote, too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTC3cieV_NA

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Comment on what i’ve learned in the past year by Valerie Liberty https://www.ultrasaurus.com/2017/01/ive-learned-past-year/#comment-5485 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 02:59:04 +0000 https://www.ultrasaurus.com/?p=6115#comment-5485 Love this topic: let’s be nice, and oh, let’s have coffee together and be brilliant.Couldn’t agree more.

Happy, healthy New Year!

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Comment on the danger of a single story by ΚΙΜΩΝ https://www.ultrasaurus.com/2017/01/danger-single-story/#comment-5484 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 01:04:33 +0000 https://www.ultrasaurus.com/?p=6132#comment-5484 So relevant. There are increasingly so many narratives in the media, we do ourselves a disservice by acknowledging, and clinging, to a single one. In Aleppo, there are four different ones alone. Closer to home, we’re now revisiting the notion that the Iraq war was necessary, admitting the NYT may have fallen victim to external forces, doctoring news in order to drum up public support.

Being able to self-reflect, and change our minds, is so important. It begs the question, do we, as a society, need a better way of supporting multiple narratives, and a more probabilistic based definition of “the truth.” Perhaps it would allow us to better maintain alternate perspectives, and thus, update the mainline accordingly. One of my favorite video snippets on the importance of being able to change our minds: https://kimon.wistia.com/medias/1yecovxvuo

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Comment on the history of the letter ‘C’ by player11 https://www.ultrasaurus.com/2003/08/the-history-of-the-letter-c/#comment-5480 Mon, 12 Dec 2016 02:24:04 +0000 https://www.ultrasaurus.com/wordpress/?p=38#comment-5480 the original most perfect alphabet is ellene .. [ greek is a nickname for it] the capital letters are different than the small letters making it very difficult for most today. when schools and libraries were burned by priests in rome it was dark ages. c was a mistake and left this way by gypsies that burned schools and libraries. the new testament was written in the simplest form of it. we have interlinears available cbd bookstore Peabody ma.

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Comment on About by Antes de Gates, Zuckerberg, o Jobs, 6 mujeres programaron la primera computadora digital | InfSolucion https://www.ultrasaurus.com/about/#comment-5478 Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:19:17 +0000 https://www.ultrasaurus.com/?page_id=578#comment-5478 […] Sarah Allen comenzó a programar a la edad de doce años, comenzó una empresa para terminar su licenciatura en Ciencias de la Computación, y estaba en segunda clase de Becarios Presidenciales Innovación en 2013. Usted puede reconocer sus nombre gracias a su trabajo en el vídeo Flash y Adobe After Effects. […]

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