A detailed view on a personal experience with remote and flexible work

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Ever wondered about how remote and/or flexible work can impact your daily life? The past 2 years I have lived the remote and flexible life and I loved it! In this article I’ll tell you about my personal experience and findings of working flexible and remotely.

For 2 years I was employed at a company which allowed me to work from almost anywhere and within flexible hours. The team I worked with was spread out over different continents and timezones, so it was only natural to work remotely most of the time.

What do you need to know?

You need to provide your own workspace

You can basically work from anywhere that has a good internet connection and some desk space or decent table space, plus, is not too noisy. …

The challenges of event management and community building

A topview of a festive table with women dot code be community stickers spread out on it
A topview of a festive table with women dot code be community stickers spread out on it

Just like the year before, we’re taking a moment to look back upon 2019. We’ll talk about some of the ups and downs we are facing, how we managed our goals and what’s up next for our precious community.

2019, the ups and downs

So far we learned from our earlier mistakes and started planning as early as possible. Of course that doesn’t always guarantee success, but it does give you more time to cope with setbacks.

In 2019 we organised 3 TechTalks in 3 different cities, 2 Social Nights and our very first workshop! …

Reasons that have made me doubt my career choice

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Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

This post is probably one of the more controversial posts I have written so far and it might not be what you’d expect at first glance.

It all starts with my career as a front-end developer, a job I used to love and came to dislike and even slightly hate at some point. But the controversial part is that I still love front-end development, I just don’t love the job and how it has evolved anymore.

Over a decade ago I started learning about the basics of front-end development, such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript and so on… I didn’t have to learn any frameworks back then, but we did have to learn Flash & ActionScript at that time and I was really struggling with it. So struggling was already a part I became familiar with early on. Like for most of us I assume. But when this so-called “normal struggling” starts to have a rather unhealthy impact on your life, it might be time to rethink what you are doing. …

Weet je welke mogelijkheden er zijn om deeltijds in tech te werken?

Ik heb mijn hoofd al zitten breken over allerlei jobs, vacature sites zitten afschuimen, maar het lijkt een onmogelijke zoektocht. Want alles wat ik interessant vind is voltijds, terwijl ik iets met een maximum van 16 a 20u per week zoek. (Minder mag dus ook) Het hoeft zelfs niet noodzakelijk in tech te zijn, want wie weet is er wel een andere job waar mijn ervaring en skills van pas komen.

Ik heb sinds een 10-tal jaren last van de ziekte van Ménière. Het begon met aanvallen van draaiduizeligheid en evenwichtsstoornissen, een jaar later gaf de reguliere hoortest op het werk aan dat er in 1 oor een abnormaal gehoorverlies plaatsvond. …

What we learned so far of hosting a workshop without a budget

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On a rainy Saturday in February 2019, our community organized it’s first workshop. With little to no experience regarding workshops we decided to do it anyway. Our workshop teacher was also a first-timer so it was good practice for all of us. We had a lot of fun and the workshop went pretty smoothly considering. Of course we realise there is room for improvement but it would be weird to nail it down the first time you ever undertake such an event, right?

So let’s talk about all the things we learned from this event. …

Looking back on 2018 and taking a sneak peek at what’s coming next

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What 2018 teached us

Even though we started at the end of 2017, you could say our real start was in 2018. At first we were just an online name with a couple of people attached to it. Maybe we still are, but at least now we can say that we already met some of the people in our community.

To look back upon the things we did and achieved in 2018, I think it’s best to start with the events we organised. In 2018 we organised 4 Tech Talks in 4 different cities, 4 Social Nights in 2 different cities and our community slack and meetup group grew to over a 100 female developers. …

Why we started our own local community for women who code

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Photo by Luca Upper on Unsplash

Hi, my name is Claudia, I’m one of the co-founders of women.code(be) and this is the story of how our women.code(be) community came to exist.

A bit of personal history

I have been part of the tech community since 2006, that’s about when I started learning how to write code. And since then I have been to a lot of local events, meet-ups, small conferences and so on…

But even from before I started college, it was already very noticeable to me that there were very few women in tech. In my freshman year, the group I started in counted about 300 students and only 3.5% of that group were women. …

Lessons learned from trying to become a better leader for my teams

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You might already be familiar with the term retrospective or sprint retrospective, but if you’re not :

The Sprint Retrospective is an opportunity for the Scrum Team to inspect itself and create a plan for improvements to be enacted during the next Sprint.

So now that you know what a retrospective is, I can tell you more about it.
For 2 years I worked as a product/project manager with a remote team, where I had to learn how to organize and run sprint retrospectives.

My only experience with retrospectives before that was from when I was a developer. The retrospectives here were only held after project delivery and I had to write down 3 to 5 positive and negative things about the entire time I worked on it. I found that pretty hard at the time to remember all those things that happened during those months and to write them down. …

Lessons learned and how to enforce them with pushups

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Working with a remote team comes with its challenges, such as time zone differences and connection issues, but most things can easily be overcome. Someone asked me how we manage our daily standups. I will explain to you what a daily standup meant for the company I used to work for and how we did it.

What is a daily standup?

A daily standup is a meeting or a call for a specific project, that takes max 15 minutes and where 3 important questions are discussed. A daily standup originates from the scrum framework that’s being used for project management. …


Claudia R

👩‍💻 UX designer & (hobbyist) front-end developer ✨ Community founder @womendotcodebe

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