Author Archives: Alan Page

My End at Microsoft

It’s been exactly a year now since I left Microsoft (and a week away from my one-year anniversary at Microsoft). I (abstractly) dumped my feelings on the move a year ago in The Breakup, and posted a few thoughts and reflections in my first few months at Unity (Forty Days In, Why Unity, Musings on […]

Five for Friday – January 19, 2018

Quote I’ve been pondering: “An expert is not someone that gives you the answer, it is someone that asks you the right question.” —Eli Goldratt I’ve been thinking about the new-employee experience recently, and recalled this article about starting new employees on Friday. It’s something I want to try. I’m traveling this week, and wanted to give […]

Five for Friday – January 12, 2018

I’m finally reading Pat Lencioni’s latest book on Ideal Teams. I’m a huge fan of Pat Lencioni’s business novels, and enjoying this one just as much as the others. You’ve probably already seen this article on testing microservices. I shared it with my team this week, and think it’s a good read. All About Lean […]

Five for Friday – January 5, 2018

I’ve missed doing these, but glad to get started again. “The world doesn’t reward perfection. It rewards productivity.” – 18 Minutes by Peter Bregman I’ve been working my way through Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferris and finding a lot of ideas and a lot of inspiration. While on the subject of Tim, I also […]

The angryweasel guide to safe backups

Warning – not software quality related, but perhaps even more important information follows. I am diligent about backups (and paranoid about losing files)…and frugal, so dumping my backup strategy here for those who may be like minded. First thing to be paranoid about is work in progress. If it’s code or text based, put it […]

Angry Weasel Twenty-Seventeen Recap

It’s been a pretty remarkable 2017 for me – so much so, that it’s worth (for me) a little reflection. This time last year, I had made the choice to leave Microsoft (but hadn’t told anyone yet). I went into work the week after Christmas (when nobody is there), and quietly cleaned out a bunch […]

Fear Factor

I had one of those meditative weekends, where between solving Advent of Code challenges, seeing the new Star Wars movie, and cleaning my home office, some ideas (sort of) merged in my head. One part of the recipe was yet-another-discussion on twitter over the weekend (over) reacting to the Test is Dead theme that came […]

Five for Friday – December 15

I’ve enjoyed my string of FfF posts as an easy way to share stuff I like with little need to elaborate. It *will* continue, but I’m going to take a break for the last two weeks of the year. FfF will be back on January 5, 2018. I recently read Ray Dalio’s, Principles. In the preface, […]

Five for Friday – December 8

It’s the FfF Moscow edition (I’m here for the Heisenbug conference. As I approach my one year mark at Unity (and hopefully established a small bit of credibility), I’m beginning to push a bit harder on some topics. I’m reminded of this quote from Colin Powell, who says, “…leadership is sometimes about being willing to […]

Five for Friday – December 1

Some of my favorite / most interesting thoughts and links from the week… Yet another quote from one of my heroes, Simon Sinek: “There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.” I half-jokingly told someone on my team this week that “leadership is manipulation”, and […]

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