Saeed Gatson

Software Developer

Tag: soft skills

Building A Side Project Meat Grinder

If you’re anything like me you have a lot of ideas. So much so that it can be hard to figure out what to execute on next. That’s when you need an idea meat grinder.
 
You use an idea meat grinder to find good ideas by filtering out all your bad ones. Take every idea and ask yourself some predefined questions about the concept. If the idea fails one question it’s filtered out and you should move on to the next one. The end resolute should be a nice pile of ideas to start executing on.

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Three ideas worth sharing

I’ve been perusing the internet looking for an idea that I could steal. Something worth sharing with you here today on my blog. Something I could remix into my own thing.

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The meat grinder approach for startup ideas

I first heard of the meat grinder approach for finding startup ideas in a post by Tyler Tringas.

Tyler doesn’t try to find good business ideas. He uses the meat grinder approach to filter out all the bad ideas he has.

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Remembering how to listen as a tech community

Have you ever talked to someone who’s not listening to you?

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When to Code for People Who Don’t Make Excuses

Anyone else struggling with committing to code every day? There’s no time for anything. At least that’s how it feels, doesn’t it?

I’ve recently been implementing an X-Card strategy for writing.

The basic idea is that I try to write a specific number of words each day for seven weeks. Every day that I do, I write an X down on a notecard that I’ve created. Eventually, I’ll build a chain of X’s that will help keep me motivated to continue.

As a Software Developer, I would like to translate this strategy over to programming, which has been difficult for me to do in the past. I’ve been making excuses about how building a habit of daily coding is different from building a daily habit of writing.

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Why You’re One Piece Of Content Away From Changing Your Life

“Everyone you know started off as an unknown until they did the thing that made them known.” —Gary Vaynerchuk

I recently heard this idea from a highly successful businessman Gary Vaynerchuk and wanted to elaborate on its applicability for software developers. The concept is that you’re one piece of content away from changing your life.

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How to Ace a Non-Technical Interview

In my experience, developers often overlook the non-technical interview.

I’ve been the company culture guy during quite a few interviews. The task is simply to answer one question: “Is this person a good fit for our team?” Some have been great, and others have flopped.

What do top developers do to ensure they’re hired?

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