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From Engineer To Executive
I had a stunning number of women volunteer to write chapters for Women In Tech, the book we just kickstarted. I think somewhere around 150 women volunteered at last count, and I keep getting emails! I was honored and thrilled that so many women wanted me to help them tell their story, and I’m so proud […]
Kathryn Janeway, Startup CEO
I recently did the keynote talk for the Puget Sound Python users group, and while it wasn’t filmed, I had a couple of requests that I post the material somewhere. Here you go! Going from an engineer to someone who can manage people and execute on the company vision takes a commitment to changing yourself, […]
Managing people that don’t look like you
Reposted from an edited version at WeWork Magazine. A couple of weeks ago, WeWork Magazine interviewed me for a Spotlight article about me. One of my answers about which Star Trek captain I thought my management style most closely reflected betrayed how seriously I take Star Trek. So, they’ve asked me to expand on my […]
Developer at AtlasCamp apologizes to “all getting offended” by his sexist joke
No one trains managers in empathy. We train new managers to use project management software, to interface with clients, and to fill out timesheets, but being a manager means giving a shit about your people. When’s the last time you, as a manager, faced training that taught you that you have profound power over the […]
Companies Lie About Their Proportion of Female Engineers
**EDITED 17:44 Pacific 6/4/14** Saha develops for Atlassian, but does not work for them. Today, Jonathan Doklovic, an Atlassian developer at Atlassian’s AtlasCamp in Berlin, Germany presented a talk that contained this slide: Then, Marko Saha (Director, Agile Enterprise Solutions at Ambientia) tweeted it because he thought it was funny. Maven is my girlfriend #AtlasCamp […]
Ladies, you’re not the chief-cook-and-bottlewasher. You’re the damn CEO.
Companies tend to inflate the numbers of women in their ranks holding ‘technical’ positions. No corporation wants to admit that their company has little to no female engineers; instead, they create an overarching category of people on technical teams, and then divide by gender. The statistics a company publishes concerning the number of women hires […]
How to negotiate your salary as a woman in tech
Why are women so uncomfortable at acknowledging that they have power and authority? I went to Founder Friday on the 15th of November here in Seattle. It’s an event put on in multiple cities by the amazing people at Women 2.0. The goal is to network women in technology by creating a friendly space and […]
Help me mentor women in technology.
Women have a very difficult time negotiating salary. We are trained to be nonconfrontational, to paste a smile on our faces, and to be grateful for what we are given. This is not the most effective tack to take when trying to increase your compensation. There is no way to convince you that you will […]
Why Gossip Girl needs better faux techspeak.
A few months ago, I teamed up with two other ladies from the Seattle area, and we formed LadyCoders, an initiative to mentor women in technology. We’re focused on helping women survive interviews; if you’re a reader of mine, you know that this is a particular passion of mine. We are going to try to […]
It’s been my experience that when TV shows and movies get software development and web development wrong, they get it REALLY wrong. A week ago, I rewatched The Dark Knight with two of my gaming buddies, both of whom are skilled developers. While we loved the movie, popcorn was thrown when Christian Bale rasped that […]