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Thoughts on Product Management, Design, Development, and More.

Learning Animation, with Bob Ross Mar 19

I remember flipping through the channels one Saturday morning, trying to find something good to watch, when I suddenly came across a goofy looking man with a paintbrush and one of the best damn afros...

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Story Mapping Workshop May 16

Building a new product from scratch is no small task. In fact, sometimes the most challenging part is getting started! Having some product/project management experience has definitely helped me take...

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Lessons Learned Building a Child's game May 9

A few weeks ago I applied for the “software apprenticeship” position at Groupon. As part of the application I was tasked with building a Tic Tac Toe program using the language of my choice. Sounds...

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Code Academy Demo Day Mar 27

If you live in Chicago and hate the cold, then I suggest you join Code Academy next winter because this has been the fastest 3 months of my life! I know I vowed to blog every week in my first post,...

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Code Academy Weeks 5 and 6 Feb 17

For the few people out there reading this blog (Hey Mom!), I apologize for not posting last week, things have really picked up over the last couple of weeks! Thus, I’m going to combine the last two...

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Code Academy Week 4 Feb 6

If I had to sum up week 4 in one word, it would be “progress”. I apologize in advance for the cliche, but in week 3 we were on the runway waiting for takeoff; in week 4 we put the wheels in motion and...

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Code Academy Week 3 Jan 28

“Make it work, then make it nice.” These were the words uttered by our teacher, Jeff Cohen, right before he dropped a “truth bomb” on our class. He then proceeded to type one line of code that essentially...

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When We Build Jan 26

Skip the next episode of the Kardashians and spend 40 minutes watching this fantastic video on design instead…

“At times of change, the learners are the ones who will inherit the world, while...

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Code Academy Week 2 Jan 21

Week two is in the books and the pieces are slowly starting to come together. We spent the majority of this week learning Rails and while I’m nowhere close to building my own web application, I think...

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Code Academy Week 1 Jan 13

A few months ago, the inaugural Code Academy class held their demo day and someone compared the program to, “drinking out of a firehouse.” I remember laughing it off at the time, but after my first...

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