Computer Science != Developer

By: Livi Erickson I don’t remember a time when I didn’t love everything about computers. It felt only natural, then, when I went to college I would major in computer science - even though after two years of classes in high school, I wasn’t convinced that I wanted to work as a developer. I loved coding - but there were a lot of other things that I enjoyed that I also had an interest in studying further. Luckily, I soon discovered that ... Read more

Last Day and Chance to Apply for Lean Product Development Course in 2014

By Poornima Vijayashanker For the past few weeks I’ve mentioned that if you’re waiting for the right time then you’re idea will just never get off the ground. There will always be unforeseen circumstances that get in the way of you making progress. You just have to charge on forward and learn to be resourceful. I’ve also mentioned why it’s important to continue to learn from others and how it can be instrumental to when you’re pursuing a new path or strategy. I ... Read more

How One Software Engineer Learned to Save Development Time for His Team

By Justin Reyes As a lead software developer at Position Logic, a leading B2B location-based services provider, it was business as usual for Andres Hernandez doing test driven development, implementing a bunch of classes, and fixing bugs. Looking to improve his own skills and his development team's, he started following blogs and magazines that covered design and startup trends. One day he received an email newsletter from Amazon’s best selling “Design for Hackers” author, David Kadavy. While reading the newsletter, Andres caught ... Read more

Falling Off the Path of Learning

By Poornima Vijayashanker Making a Commitment Being enthusiastic about learning a new skill is easy. We spend hours glamorizing what life will be like once we have it, and how cool people will think we are when we can show it off! But then something terrible happens. We take one look at the steep learning curve ahead of us, and think, "Oh I just don't have the time right now," or if we're a little more honest with ourselves, "I'm just not cut ... Read more

Bringing an Idea to Reality

By Justin Reyes After working as a consultant for Murex, a software company for investment banks, Aniss Mansouri had the desire to work on something new that would allow him to work for himself. After seeing the popularity of electronic cigarettes in the French marketplace along with the limited quality of existing competitors, Aniss was confident that this was an idea worth pursuing. But the path to pursuing his own venture did not come easy. He had little guidance and knew that he ... Read more

How a Non-Technical Founder Benefited from Lean Product Development Course

By Justin Reyes From working in government to a financial advisor for Sun life financial, Nimalan Balachandran has always had a passion for accounting and finance. Having immigrated to Canada in 2006 after the Tsumani in Sri Lanka, Nimalan was certain that he wanted to transition into the technology industry and work as a software engineer. But since English was his second language, he felt surer about sticking to accounting and finance at Seneca college. After starting his own tax preparation business in ... Read more

Innovators: Is your head filled with questions?

By Poornima Vijayashanker A few weeks ago one of the students who is currently in our Lean Product Development Course, Nathan, told me the following: "I don't know if you remember, for my product idea I wanted to contract out to a development company and get it done! But I did not follow some of the major steps. I wish I would have taken this course a year earlier. I recently ended the contract with them (due to some communication issues and the cost). ... Read more

Learn How to Prioritize, Pushback and Make Progress

By Poornima Vijayashanker I just finished a one-on-one with Adam, who is a student in our Lean Product Development Course. Adam is a software engineer in Florida, who works for a large software company. He often has to pull all-nighters to try to keep up with the demands of management, and he’s just tired! Adam decided to take our course, because even though he knows how to build a product, he is tired of the inefficient practices that are in place at his ... Read more

Why would a man be interested in working with Femgineer?

By Poornima Vijayashanker The other day I was invited to an intimate networking event for startup founders in San Francisco. We each shared what our companies did, and I of course mentioned that I am working on Femgineer, we provide education services to tech professionals. While our mission is to get more women into technical leadership positions, we do educate both men and women. We do this because we believe in diverse teams. Then I went on to tell them that slightly more than ... Read more

Heroku Scholarship Winners for Winter 2014 Lean Product Development Course

By Justin Reyes As we are gearing up for our next iteration of our Lean Product Development course we’d like to introduce Linda Paulson and Celeste Layne who are recipients of our recent Heroku scholarships. Linda Paulson is a Senior Product/Marketing Manager at Scantron with a Masters in Educational Technology. She was announced as a winner during an Association of International Product Management & Marketing webinar for “The Art of the Handoff” which was hosted by our very own Femgineer Founder, Poornima Vijayashanker. With ... Read more
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