On Saturday I presented at the 14th annual Vietnamese Interacting as One (VIA-1) Conference on “the power of retrospectives.” As an alumnus of the organization that hosts the event, UVSA Midwest, I was excited to come back and support these young Vietnamese Americans. I’ve personally seen the value of retrospectives and how critical they are to high performing teams. My hope is teams will adopt the practice of doing retrospectives frequently and consistently throughout a project, and invest the time/resources in making them fun and engaging. I’ve posted the slides at the end of this entry.
I always like to set-up at my workshop about an hour before it’s set to start.
I split attendees into smaller teams to run their own retrospectives. The prompt was to think about their experiences at conference thus far.
The teams came up with really interesting action items; many of which were within their own control. For example one team thought their inability to show up to sessions on time was limiting their conference experience. They came up with several concrete actions which would allow them to maximize the rest of conference.
The teams used dot voting to help prioritize their thoughts and ideas.
Up until 8:55 am this morning, I didn’t know how to vote in the Virginia primaries. I didn’t know if I was eligible to vote in the primaries. Heck, I barely knew the difference between a caucus and primary. I do know that for many reasons the stakes of this election feel higher than they ever have since I’ve been able to vote. I want to ensure my voice is heard at every step of the process. That said, here’s me synthesizing everything I’ve learned to make it easier for you should you want to vote in the primary (psst…you should!).
When: The Virginia Primaries are on March 1st, 2016.
Who: Virginia is an open primary state. This means you DO NOT need to be registered to a political party to vote in the primary. However, you do need to be a registered voter of the State of Virginia. If you are not currently a registered voter, you will not be able to vote in the primaries (the deadline was February 8th, 2016). If you’re unsure if you’re a registered voter, you can check on this site.
How: On March 1st, 2016, you need to go to your local polling place to vote. If you don’t know where your polling place is, you can check on this site. You’ll choose which primary you want to vote in upon arrival.
Please comment below if there are any inaccuracies, any additional information that would be helpful, or if you have any questions!
In my line of work, I spend most of my time collaborating with team members — and I love it! But sometimes I need to get away to get some work done by my lonesome. Throwing on my Bose QC25 headphones and vibing to some good music is my productivity weapon of choice. Hat tip to Spotify’s “Young & Free” mix for introducing me to this chill song by Ayokay, Kings of Summer. I hope you enjoy!
Atlassian will be rolling out two certifications this year; the JIRA administrator certification and the Confluence administrator certification. I’ve been selected to participate in the beta, and will be preparing to take the Confluence administrator exam in late March. Because it’s the inception of the program, it has been a challenging experience trying to prep.
For starters, no one has taken the exam before, so it’s unclear what the questions will look like. I really don’t know what to expect. The certification information page recommends reviewing the product documentation, which I intend to do. But I also plan on watching Atlassian Confluence video tutorials online, and applying any newly acquired knowledge in my own instance of Confluence.