Wendy Closson is an expert software developer with over a decade of experience immersed in development and championing agile practices. After a run in with cancer, she gathered a unique toolset to overcome overwhelm, create clear communication, and increase influence. Fusing her expertise together, Wendy coaches senior technologists through their mid-career crisis. Additionally, she teaches yoga, researches meditation, blogs for mothering.com, and hacks away on side projects. She lives on Long Island with her husband and two children.
- - Dave introduces the show and Wendy Closson
- - Wendy and parenting and how her experiences have shaped her
- - The "mid-career crisis"
- - Wendy's definition of value
- - The things that "light Wendy up"
- - "Agile saves me from getting into my own head."
- - Wendy's experience of cancer and how that changed her outlook
- - The rational and the irrational
- - Applying lessons from life to software and lessons from software to life
- - How Wendy got started in software
- - The value and joy of having a mentor
- - Wendy's story of failure - experiencing cancer
- - Wendy's greatest success - Trusting in what was best, prioritizing life, making it happen
- - How Wendy stays current with what he needs to know
- - Wendy's book recommendation
- - The things about which Wendy is most excited
- - Wendy's prediction for the future of software
- - Wendy's top 3 tips for delivering more value
- - Keeping up with Wendy
- - Farewell
- Wendy's Home Site
- Wendy's Coaching Business
- In Action: Technology, Strategy, Leadership, Community - Wendy's Podcast
- Christian Trinity
- Aleph, Mem, Shin
- Rama, Krishna and Shiva
- Shark Wheel - Reinventing the wheel
- "Doc" Norton on Developer on Fire
Wendy's book recommendations:
- Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (Nonviolent Communication Guides) - Marshall B. Rosenberg PhD, Deepak Chopra
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business - Charles Duhigg
- Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason - Alfie Kohn
Wendy's top 3 tips for delivering more value:
1. Ask yourself: "What small thing can shift that I can go on another day?"
2. It's helpful to be honest about your feelings
3. There's a difference between being nice and being kind