If you are reading this article you probably have some background with Agile, whether it has been living and breathing it for years or fresh out of scrum training. One question you probably have is “how the heck can I be successful with Agile Software Development”? You’ve come to the right place, so pull up a chair, grab a drink, and let’s talk about the secret you must know to be truly successful with Agile Software Development.

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Manifesto for Agile Software Development

It’s import to know that there is no Agile Manifesto, there is only a Manifesto for Agile Software Development. Some of the great…


I decided late in November that I wanted to challenge myself to write 31 articles in 31 days during the month of December. I found that during 2018 I didn’t write nearly as much as I had anticipated and was disappointed in the growth I saw on Medium. I believe I started 2018 with around 500 followers on this platform and at the start of the year I though 1,000 would be easy to achieve — for the record I’m ending the year with around 731 followers. …


This morning I was browsing Reddit when I stumbled upon a post in /r/cscareerquestions titled Is there a guide on how to move on from your first job? At first this seemed like a strange request, why do you need an entire guide around how to do this? Then I started thinking a bit more and remembering what it was like when I first entered into the industry and I realized it probably would have been incredibly helpful had a guide existed (or if I read through one), since a lot of the questions the person asked made perfect sense…


At the end of every year I take off between Christmas and The New Year. This started off as a fairly easy way to get the most bang for my PTO bucks since I could essentially get an entire week off for a fraction of the days since I sandwiched the request between two holidays. I won’t pretend like I’m some genius that invented this, the majority of the ActiveCampaign office is off during this time as well, I mostly want to reflect on why I have done this every year.

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I Don’t Miss Much

If I were to take a week off at…


This past week I watched a co-worker give a talk about vapor. The premise was you shouldn’t be so focused on the future because it may not come, you should instead focus on the present and be thankful for what you have. That has made me reflect a few times since on the way I think and this morning I was thinking about my experience as a software engineer and how all of that has played out so far. I can’t say I had a grand plan for most of this, I mostly lived in the moment and did what…


I have been on Facebook since Thursday, September 28th, 2006 at 8:36 PM CDT, I know this because Facebook has kept track of that for all of these years. In the 12 years I have been on the platform I have reacted to 8,283 posts, removed 474 friends, responded to 668 events (most of which are Maybe), and have imported 664 contacts from my phone into the network. I knew Facebook kept track of things, and I’m honestly not surprised by how much information they keep track of. In total my information dump I received from Facebook was 2.26gb which…


This will be my twentieth article I’ve written in the last twenty days. At the start of the month I decided to challenge myself to write thirty one articles in thirty one days throughout December. I feel like I have written some great articles which I’m excited to watch gain traction over the next few months. I’ve written some other articles which allowed to express my general thoughts on how I perceive the world’s view on mental health. I’ve also probably written a few articles that just aren’t that great. I think this one probably falls into that category.

Breaking The Routines

I…


At this point I think it’s safe to say I’m writing about topics in psychology this week. Yesterday I wrote briefly about suicide, the day before was about indefinite optimism, and today I want to explore the painful truths about stress. Throughout 2018 I ignored how I was feeling about a lot of things and allowed stress and anxiety take over. Through not taking care of myself mentally I started to experience physical pain.

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We made it to San Francisco!

That’s Not A Heart Attack

It was around one week after my 28th birthday. I went to eat cake from Portillo’s that my girlfriend bought me about a week ago. I…


If you find yourself in need of help, please call the National Suicide Prevent Lifeline at 1–800–273–8255, they are open 24/7. They also offer web chat.

Yesterday a CTA passenger was fatally struck by a southbound train at approximately 7:51am. From what I can tell at this time it’s still unsure exactly what happened, the initial reporter says the person jumped while others believe he was clipped, but it still resulted in a thread on Reddit being locked because of pro-suicide trolls. Regardless of the ultimate reason for this man’s death, whether it be accident or intentional, people committing suicide…


I have been reading Peter Thiel’s book, Zero To One, Notes on Startups, Or How to Build the Future. One of the most recent chapters I was reading about discussed the topic of definite and indefinite optimism (with pessimism thrown in as well, but that’s not incredibly important now). I found myself coming to the conclusion that indefinite optimism is to be avoided while definite optimism is what we should strive for in everything we do. I wanted to take some time this morning to reflect on why I feel this way.

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Indefinite Optimism Assumes Things Will Get Better Without A Plan

Being optimistic means that you are hopeful and…

Cody Engel

Software Engineer. Picture Taker. Conference T-Shirt Collector. Amatuer Food Snob. YouTuber https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXwjZTvpFiBl93ACCUh1NXQ

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