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You Need a Hero: The Project Manager [Abridged]

Submitted by Irene Papuc at Toptal

Authored by Ethan James, Freelance Software Engineer at Toptal

This abridged version was edited by Lynn Patra

This article is for you, the plucky entrepreneur with an app idea in your heart and cash in the bank. Diagrams you’ve scribbled on cocktail napkins will disrupt the world, and dump trucks full of money have been dispatched to your house. To ensure timely arrival, here’s advice for making your production cycle run smoothly.

Why You Need A Project Manager In The First Place

“Computer programs are the most complex things that humans make,” says Douglas Crockford, a senior software architect at Paypal who has pioneered various cool technology. He is someone with expertise about working on large projects. Read more of this post

My Life with Animals: Loki’s recovery part two – the great poop watch of 2012

If this content seems odd and off-topic, bear with me as I tie this to my blog’s subject matter. Autumn always draws my attention to the fact that the year will soon end. When this year ends it’ll be 9 years since the Great Recession began. Can you think of many places that have scarcely recovered after all these years? Let me know. As for me, the still bleak economic condition of my hometown of Redding, California always sticks out.

Despite a prevalent impression that there’s nothing to see or do here however, Redding has notable points of interests. Turtle Bay is one of them. During tough times, Turtle Bay continued to adapt and improve operations, including the current transition to a more sustainable business model. If any of you plan to visit Northern California or just pass through, consider giving Turtle Bay, and Redding, your patronage. This story showcases the staff’s devotion to their non-human residents but they also stress that wild animals belong in the wild.

Turtle Bay Blog

I sat for eight hours on the floor with Loki, trying to make him comfortable enough for him to sleep and diligently watching his IV lines. By the end of the day, the vet said that Loki had had a sufficient amount of the IV antibiotics and pain meds that he could leave the clinic. But before we could go, the vet put a pain patch on Loki’s front leg that needed to stay on for three days and that meant that the cone-of-shame needed to stay on as well. Evidently, we weren’t out of the woods yet in many ways.  First, it was going to take a small miracle to stop Loki from getting to that pain patch and consuming it. Second, we still didn’t know if his intestines would heal well enough to hold.  We had to wait for him to successfully defecate to know he was okay. And so…

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Blogging Hiatus: December 2015 – May 2016

For awhile I’ve known that I need to go on a hiatus at Work-Life Strategies & Solutions. Having collaborated with Flipside Workspace recently, I’ll make an exception to share updates resulting from this work. Otherwise, I’ll be absent. Newcomers may refer to these posts to learn about this study:

During my break, I’ll primarily focus on some practical life concerns. Secondly, I aim to (1.) work on publications which will be added to the new “My Publications” page and (2.) focus on my piano project (which has fallen by the wayside). Updates on these endeavors will be provided when I return in late June 2016.

SP4Coming upon 3 years of blogging, I’d like to address feedback I’ve received. To the readers who’ve told me that I have interesting, unusual thoughts, I want you to know that I especially appreciate hearing this as I never thought that I’m unique enough to stand out so much amid the throngs of people you’ve met across various corners of the world. Your feedback means a lot to me!

To bloggers I’ve been following closely, I’ll be following and responding to your posts as always. No changes here. To others, you can reach me on LinkedIn, Twitter, or via email: ltpatra@gmail.com. Currently, I’m open to new professional opportunities, so inquiries are welcome. Comments on this blog will be closed on December 1st, 2015 and reopened when I return. Thank you for reading and Happy Holidays!

ADHD in the Workplace Research

Do you or someone you know have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? If so, consider taking the survey introduced in this blog post. This survey is being administered by the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), and results will be used to benefit those who have ADHD and experience workplace issues. Also check out “Truths That Will Change the Way You View ADHD.”

Get NutMegged ADHD

The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) is conducting an online (short) survey about ADHD issues in the workplace, so I thought I’d share.  They’re hoping to get 1,000 completed surveys by June, but the more we can submit, the better.  The ADDA will use the results to create an ADHD awareness publicity campaign to help educate the general public and employers about potential ADHD workplace issues and hopefully, potential solutions.  

The survey is geared toward adults with ADHD that are (or have been) employed.  I urge you guys to take a few minutes to complete it.  I promise it won’t take long.  This is important stuff.  The more completed surveys, the better the data.  You can read a little more about the survey in this ADHD Coaches Organization Circle or jump right to the survey here.

While accommodations for those with ADD / ADHD do exist, those waters are…

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Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award (Photo credit: nhighberg)

Tonight I’d like to take the time to express my appreciation to Christian at http://fivequickminutes.wordpress.com for recently naming me as a recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award. As a relatively new blogger, it’s a real honor to be recognized by others in the blogging community. My thanks to Christian and others who’ve encouraged me along the way! Futhermore, I just want to mention that Christian’s blog, Five Quick Minutes: Just Five Minutes On the Path for Learning, contains helpful and thought-provoking information covering various aspects of life. So, head on over and take a look soon!

According to the rules of the Versatile Blogger Award, recipients have the privilege of choosing 15 other bloggers with whom we can share this award. (As a new blogger, this will be a tough one for me but I’ll list blogs pertinent to work-life issues – in a big picture and little picture sense – that I follow with regularity). They are then to display the award on their site, name the website which awarded them with a link back to that blog (however, as I know many of these bloggers are busy professionals, I’m bending the rules here), and provide us all with 7 things about the owner/writer of the website (this latter part I’ll happily oblige). Read more of this post

Announcement: Source Materials List & Upcoming Features

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Hip (Photo credit: wasoxygen)

This is a general announcement to notify readers that a comprehensive list of links to research studies, scholarly articles, white papers, and various documents covering on this blog is now available. As stated on the Source Materials page, I will continue to update this list as I find more material. So check back if you don’t find what you’re looking for or feel free to make requests and I will see what I can find.

It’s proven tougher for me to post more regularly as I’m in the midst of a work-life transition, however I’ve arranged to feature an artist’s rendition of the Industrial Age office work lifestyle as well as social commentary that revolves around associated problems (e.g., stress, boredom, etc.). Read more of this post

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