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Mistakes Were Made (By Me)

Steve Barnett
February 14, 2018

Mistakes Were Made (By Me)

A talk at the Cape Town Creative Academy (http://ctca.co.za/) I gave about the many mistakes I have made (and a few things I have learned from them) over my career as a Front-end Developer and UX person.

Steve Barnett

February 14, 2018
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  1. Mistakes
    Were Made
    (By Me)

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  2. Agenda
    My career path
    My career patterns
    (mostly a bit )

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  3. Steve Barnett
    FEDUX Consultant
    @maxbarners

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  4. What does a
    Front-end developer
    do all day?

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  5. What does a
    UX designer
    do all day?

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  6. Maths Degree
    Sussex University, UK

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  7. Employee Benefits
    Consultant
    a.k.a. Spreadsheet

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  8. Web Developer
    Freelance
    (a.k.a. Code )

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  9. Mistakes
    Were Made

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  10. Mistake bucket 1:
    Time

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  11. Mistake bucket 2:
    Scope

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  12. Mistake bucket 3:
    Money

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  13. Mistake bucket 4:
    Flexibility
    (a.k.a. Fast, Good, Cheap: pick two)

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  14. !
    I should get a day job

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  15. Meetups and stuff

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  16. Front-end Developer
    Unboxed

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  17. Team: All devs
    Me: FED
    Style: Dev Shop

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  18. Bigger projects
    !
    Death March project
    !
    Not saying when
    I was unhappy

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  19. !
    Say I’m unhappy, and
    details of why
    !
    Inspect and adapt a
    Death March

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  20. Front-end
    Development Lead
    Flow

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  21. Team: Designers,
    Consultants
    Me: FED, UX
    Style: Agency

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  22. Famous UX place
    !
    Agency style work
    !
    Being a perfectionist

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  23. !
    I don’t like
    “churning out” stuff
    !
    Done is better
    than perfect

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  24. Front-end Developer
    Praekelt

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  25. Team: Engineers, PMs,
    Designers
    Me: UX, bit of FED
    Style: NGO

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  26. Good Work ™ (saving
    babies with JavaScript)
    !
    Culture like
    a Corporate
    !
    Fast exit

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  27. !
    Be more empathetic
    !
    Big impact means slow
    (and low visibility)

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  28. Code Mentor
    Project codeX

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  29. Team: Mentors, Coders, a
    Social Worker
    Me: Coaching
    (BED, FED, UX)
    Style: Not-a-school

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  30. Teaching! Meeting the
    people I’m helping
    !
    Got fired
    !
    No balance between
    brain and heart

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  31. !
    I tend to swing to one
    end (bidniz in this case)
    !
    Scaling stuff is difficult

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  32. Front-end Developer
    and UX person
    Consultant

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  33. Team: One (1)
    Me: FEDUX
    Style: Coach

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  34. Fewer Mistakes
    Attack Plan
    Use old mistakes
    as red flags
    Reflect early and often

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  35. Still a Work In Progress
    Daily facepalms occur

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  36. Fewer mistakes bucket 1:
    Time

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  37. Fewer mistakes bucket 2:
    Scope

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  38. Fewer mistakes bucket 3:
    Money

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  39. Fewer mistakes bucket 4:
    Flexibility

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  40. Mistakes Were Made
    (By Me)
    (But I Learned
    Some Stuff)

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  41. Thank you!
    Steve Barnett
    @maxbarners

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  42. It depends
    ¯\_(ϑ)_/¯

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