About a week ago I finished going through the Presentation Skills: Designing Presentation Slides course on Coursera. It proved to be a rather helpful guide for someone fully depraved of the ability to assemble anything that looks good in PowerPoint. If you belong to this kind like I did, I fully recommend the course — that’s a moderate investment that offers quick returns. Below are some of the key lessons that I learnt from the course:

  1. While working on slides I must ensure three things:
  • Focus — I should draw the attention of my audience to the most important idea…

Just about a year ago — early 2018 — I decided that I am ready to quit the job and build a business of my own in the wild. I won’t go through the details of how I came to that and what happenned next — the important part is that after 8 months I have found myself running out of cash and not knowing what I can do except to look for a new employer.

By the end of 2018 I have successfully landed a job — a great one, by the way. So now I am safe and…


The Moneyball Takeaways

I recently watched the Moneyball movie — a biopic after Billy Beane, the manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. It’s hard to imagine anything less relevant to me than baseball, but the movie is in large not about the game itself, but rather about how it’s managed and changed, so it did hit the right strings.

The plot revolves around a baseball team manager trying to change the rules and build a team that would win under severe budget constraints — totally about management and, particularly, change management. …


In the old days of my first attempts to plan my work ahead instead of simply following the stream of life I used a paper-based personal day planner — a thing that everyone had at some point. It is a great tool that has almost everything that one needs to plan their days. But it’s also another large and heavy thing, which you have to carry with you. Also, because it’s pen and paper it becomes a mess for example when you have to adjust your plan because something went wrong, and it is limited in space. Thus, with time…


I have already recommended the Management and Mismanagement Styles book by Ichak Kalderon Adizes earlier and now there is another title by Adizes that should draw your attention The book is called The Ideal Executive. Why you cannot be one and to do about it, which actually precedes the Management Styles. The two share some portion of content, but focus on slightly different aspects of management and are both definitely worth reading. To get you the idea and make myself a short summary I will list the key things, which I noted in the Ideal Executive.

First of all, both…


On a recent local programmers meetup we discussed the topic of writing a developer’s CV in such a way that it allows one to get to an interview past the initial screening. As this is closely related to my posts on interviewing developers, I will cover what we discussed and what are the things, which when seen in a programmer’s resume make the team-lead in me eager to meet its owner in person.

For all technical positions the first thing that both the recruiter and the team lead will search in a CV is work experience with relevant technologies and…


In the middle of my university life I had a very strong desire to build a computer game. I was studying for a software engineer and still understood little about most of the software applications. At the same time I loved PC games, which clearly brought me to the idea that I should produce one — the one with the best gameplay, of course. Many of the guys with the same background had that wish and like most of them I didn’t succeed.

I spent a fair portion of my free time thinking over the game’s design, writing the explanations…


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It’s the middle of January, so everybody must have already published their version of summary for 2016. I will try to catch this leaving train and list several of the books that I read last year and found particularly useful for everyone whose job involves management. There are actually only two items that are directly related to management, but I still believe that all of these books are particularly useful — sometimes even essential — specifically for those of us, who hold responsibility for guiding others and tackling a wide range of…


The series:

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In the two previous posts I focused on certain behaviors of an interviewee, which may indicate problems with their ability to become a good developer in my team. I covered quite a lot of such aspects that push me towards saying “no” and now it’s time to show that I can be positive as well. Positive triggers also help conduct an interview, although rarely shorten it, because they make you eager to speak…


The series:

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Last time we looked into several responses that I don’t like to hear during an interview. In this post I will add more examples of candidates’ phrases, which usually indicate weak potential for becoming a worthy team member. Next time, to finish on a good note, I will switch to positive interview triggers, but today let’s keep a bit negative.

Candidate: “I’m tired of writing code. …

Alex Turok

www.alex-turok.com Team Lead at Acumatica, manager, programmer, author of https://t.me/PerfectManager

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