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This is a must-read:
No Girls Allowed: Unraveling the story behind the stereotype of video games being for boys.
Arro is now my new fave Austin restaurant. Delicious food & cocktails, excellent service and vibe.
Note: I say Wishlist but I mean my Kindle queue I guess because I’ve already bought all these and have started #1.
1. I Am Malala
I can barely hear Malala’s name without bursting into tears. This young woman is a true hero. Malala was shot by the Taliban for speaking out about her right to an education. Since recovering she’s been working to empower girls to speak up about their right to an education through her organization - Malala Fund. Did I mention she’s 16? Did I mention she’s up for a Nobel Peace Prize?
2. Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey
This is a thing I had NO idea about. I haven’t even cracked this one open yet but all I know is that I can’t wait to.
3. The XX Factor: How the Rise of Working Women Has Created a Far Less Equal World
I heard about this book from my buddy Ashley Milne Tyte - who runs a fabulous podcast about Women and the workplace called the Broad Experience. From an interview the author, Alison Wolf gave on the Broad Experience - “One of the things that has made [professional women’s lives] possible is the growing inequality in society…there are large numbers of women who are doing very, very poorly paid jobs which make the lives of better paid women possible.”
I’m going to be really whiny here. This book is NEVER going to come out. It was supposed to be out already, then they moved the publication date to November, then December, and now it’s sitting on January 2014. UGH! Stop it already, I want! Duckett’s first of the series, on HTML and CSS, has kind of become the unofficial textbook of my Skillcrush Get Started in Tech class (so I am allowed to whine).
5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman’s first novel for adults since forever! What more do you people want?
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Some wicked cool (yes i’m bringing back wicked from the 90s) goodies from my friends at Funzise Corp. A fully editable iOS7 wireframe kit. Slick!
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Our latest post on the Skillcrush blog teaches you 4 essential tips to take you from Wordpress zero to total hero. I wish I’d known these when I first started developing in Wordpress. I hope they are helpful to those of you just getting started.
This week on the Skillcrush blog, I took at look at some of the best project management apps out there.
I like to think of Project Managers in the same way I do the spies in my favorite fiction novels. Like spies, the best project managers always have a number of slick tools they use to accomplish tricky tasks and fulfill their missions.
Project Management is chock-full of complex tasks and a slew of smaller missions that MUST be successful to complete an overall mission. The amount of details a PM needs to manage on any given day are dizzying at best, amirite?
Bond, schmond. The following tools can help any project manager, entrepreneur, business owner, working wonder-mom complete her mission, no matter what (or who!) she’s up against.
Here are the top Project Management apps we can’t live without.
I adore Trello. I know its not the standard Project Management tool of choice, but it’s a great, modern way to approach managing teams, tasks and all kinds of documentation and communication. I manage all my various projects on Trello by creating organizations for each of my clients and then boards for a variety of categories within a project that I need to track. Even the big guys we’re required to use, ie. MS Project, Teamwork PM etc etc, don’t provide as user friendly an app as Trello. I use it for everything except budgets, gant charts and the like and it cuts down on the time spent on the boring administrative-type tasks that are a part of project management.
If you need a checklist to help with your day to day, Wunderlist is the one. Share lists with your staff, set custom notifications for completed tasks, clip websites, articles etc into your to-do list, set alarms and much more. I use Wunderlist for my personal and professional life because of its various integrations and quick and easy app. Many sites will have an add to Wunderlist icon as well, plus you can add on Wunderlist extensions for your browsers.
While when it comes to files I am a devoted Dropbox girl, I have to admit, when it comes to team and project productivity - I adore Box. The mobile app focuses on essential functionality but the web app is quite something. You can collaborate on docs (and yes Google Docs are integrated) from right inside Box - and even launch web meetings from within collaborative docs, assign tasks and due dates, tag & search the text of all of your content and much more. Box has a huge suite of add-on apps that can extend it to be a pretty powerful tool for large and small teams alike. As long as your organization doesn’t limit Box’s functionality or require organization-specific authentications, Box is a smooth, productive experience.
Adda Birnir, Skillcrush’s CEO uses Harvest to track clients and manage invoices, timesheets and payments. She can take care of all these time sensitive tasks from anywhere via Harvest’s straightforward app. Want to be more productive? Harvest even has features to help you cut down on distraction and time your tasks. Great to get a more accurate assessment and manage scope creep.
Pivotal Tracker and Hipchat
We’ve mentioned these before but Skillcrush CCO Kate McGee and Developer Emily Davis swear by their ease of use and integration. Pivotal Tracker stories can be automatically updated each time by say, a git commit message and all the activity can be fed into a HipChat room, keeping teams updated without time consuming extra communication steps.
To see what apps our friends recommended, read the rest of the post here.
One of the quotes that struck me most about Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In was the following:
"I realized that searching for a mentor has become the professional equivalent of waiting for Prince Charming. We all grew up on the fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty," which instructs young women that if they just wait for their prince to arrive, they will be kissed and whisked away on a white horse to live happily ever after. Now young women are told that if they can just find the right mentor, they will be pushed up the ladder and whisked away to the corner office to live happily ever after. Once again, we are teaching women to be too dependent on others.”
I found this statement to be quite profound. Not only for what Sheryl’s saying at face value, but also because the meaning of the word “mentor” carries so much baggage - but the burden is all ours.
In this piece for the Skillcrush blog, I explore common myths about mentorship.
(via Don’t have a mentor? You may be making these simple (and fixable) mistakes )
(via You’ve learned HTML & CSS, now what? | Skillcrush)
Have you made the jump and learned HTML and CSS? Great! Now what? Check out these 5 recommendations to push you past beginner and into WOW.
1. Practice, practice, practice! And track your progress!
Ever heard of “use it or you’ll lose it?” Well it’s certainly true with HTML and CSS! Once you get the fundamentals down, it’s important to keep practicing. Check out websites like 365psd and try to re-create one of their sample designs in HTML & CSS. This will not only flex your coding muscles, but help you learn to translate a design from a PSD into code, which is a KEY skill to have as a frontend developer. As you practice, you’ll sharpen your existing skills and learn new ways of doing things. Your workflow will get streamlined over time and your pace will quicken. Think of it like working out. It may seem futile at first but you can’t ignore results over time. Note: Are you a student from our Skillcrush 101 class? Then we’ve provided a download in your syllabus to get you practicing right away! Check out the image based and text based examples we’ve included and practice coding them from top to bottom to keep your skills sharp!
3. Assemble your go-to resource list
There’s no HTML/CSS book or class that covers everything. Set up a feedreader like feedly or use other curatorial tools to stay current on the latest news and tips around front end web development. Add sites like Skillcrush.com, Smashing Magazine, CSS tricks and more to your reader and stay up to date with them on a regular basis. Looking for 2 recommendations for your library? We’d recommend HTML & CSS as well as Speaking in Styles as great reference guides. Both are available in hard copy or for your Kindle.
4. Add design to your education. Everyone needs to know it!
Whether or not you’re a designer, it’s important to understand the principles of good design. Not only that but your newfound skills will inevitably have you partner with or at least cross paths with a designer during numerous projects in your career. It’s very important to not only speak the lingo, but understand the foundations of design - this knowledge will strengthen and complement your newfound HTML skills.
Our Basics of Web Design PDF is an excellent place to start, as is Bootstrapping Design and Hack Design. All of these resources do a great job of walking beginners through core design concepts, helping you to setup a project workflow and familiarize yourself with the industry lingo.
5. Get away from your computer! There’s a whole world of inspiration out there.
Chances are, your community has several groups or meetups dedicated to design and development. Search Meetup.com for tech groups or see if your community has a Girldevelopit chapter. Universities with design and development programs are also great places to look - often they bring in speakers or hold workshops and many of these are open to the public. You’ll not only learn something, but you’ll create a learning community of folks you can keep growing your skills with. And who knows…someday down the line, you could find yourselves working on a great new project together or even…starting your own company.
If you work in the tech industry then your daily conversations are littered with tech terms. You’ll probably have at least a vague idea of what these mean, but if you’re not in a technical role it’s sometimes hard to put these concepts and buzzwords in precise context.
In this post I’ll briefly explain ten basic terms that engineers use every day. Whatever your role in the tech industry, you’ll benefit from knowing exactly what these mean. — Pocket : 10 Tech Concepts Everyone Should Know
Excellent article by my sister on the lessons she learned teaching responsive design at Texas State University.
(via 5 lessons from a responsive web design classroom | Opinion | .net magazine)