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  • Remote Workers Daily Routine

    Since starting to work from home, I've made a purposeful effort to put good practices into place. I view working from home as a privilege, not a right, and I need to make the most of it if I am to be successful and integrate it as part of a successful business model. One of those good practices is a schedule. It's a work in progress, but here is mine so far.

  • Open Website on Startup

    I'm a remote worker. One of my main connections to my team is through Slack. The problem was that too often I'd forget to open it up first thing in the morning, not remember till lunch time, and then discover entire conversations had happened without my involvement. To remedy that, here is how to have Slack (or any website) open automatically on startup.

  • First Day Working From Home

    Today is my first day working from home. I'll be entirely remote starting the month of November while my team is all in Dallas but we're doing some trial days while I'm still in the Lone Star State. There will be obvious challenges (face to face communication, whiteboarding, team lunches, etc) and some great perks (no commute, a bit more flexibility, homemade breakfast from my sweet wife, etc). The American workforce is trying to solve these problems for the sake of the benefits and we're making progress thanks to technology. Webcams, virtual whiteboards, and high quality conference calls all make it possible. The last frontier of remote work is not technological; it is psychological. So many people have an immediate reaction to my working remotely of "Oh, I could never do that. I wouldn't get anything done." Today I begin my quest to marry the best personal habits with the best technological practices.

  • Things to Ask Before Asking for Help

    Here is a list of things to ask yourself before you ask for help. They'll be particularly useful for junior developers, but they're applicable for any industry and vocation. The list is meant to do three things: 1) make sure that the situation warrants asking for help 2) help you think of new ways to approach the problem and 3) make sure you're prepared to ask for help.

  • Moving & Starting My Own Co

    Friday was my last day at my current job. I joined Pariveda Solutions 2 years 8 months ago with little programming experience. True to form and promise, I was thrown in the deep end on day two. A few months later, I felt like I was beginning to get my feet under me. A few months after that, I created a new website for a nationwide electronics retailer from top to bottom. Six months after that I was managing the deployments of 10+ applications to five different environments in Windows Azure for a major health insurance broker as well as training up some of the new guys. Nine months ago I was given my own team of five developers; we created a new website for the aforementioned insurance company that would bring in a new line of business year around in a normally seasonal industry. Three months ago I was made Tech Lead of their entire team of 14 developers to continue building out functionality across all of their sites hosted in Azure. Two weeks ago I gave my notice. Two days ago I said my goodbyes.

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About Scott

I am a software engineer from Bozeman, MT enjoying the slightly warmer climate of Colorado. I think code can change lives. I think lives are worth changing. I write code.

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