Steve Rowe's Blog

Ruminations on Computing - Programming, Test Development, Management and More

March, 2006

Posts
  • Steve Rowe's Blog

    Geek Camping Tricks

    • 2 Comments
    This past weekend I went camping with some friends in a cabin near Chehalis, WA. Unfortunately for us, we didn't fully consider the implications of going camping on this particular weekend. You see, Friday was the season finale of Battlestar Galactica...
  • Steve Rowe's Blog

    The Dangers of Test Automation

    • 10 Comments
    One of my favorite TV shows right now is House . In it a brilliant but antisocial doctor and his staff try to solve medical mysteries. If you don't watch it, you should. The writing is great. Earlier this season, there was an episode where a journalist...
  • Steve Rowe's Blog

    Naked Conversations - Live

    • 3 Comments
    Yesterday I went to see Robert Scoble and Shel Israel talk on campus. It was a stop on their book tour. It was an enjoyable hour. Their presentation was better than many book tours I've attended. First, it was on topic. They discussed what they talked...
  • Steve Rowe's Blog

    Becoming a Lead, Pt. 1

    • 7 Comments
    At Microsoft, there are two classifications of people: Individual Contributors and Managers/Leads. Individual contributors are those who spend most of their time doing the work that makes software spring into existence. These are the programmers, testers...
  • Steve Rowe's Blog

    Blogosphere Gets Taken

    • 8 Comments
    There has been a lot of talk in the blogosphere about how it it replacing old media. The response of old media seems to be that the blogosphere is uncontrolled and therefore inaccurate. The response back has been that the blogosphere is self-policing...
  • Steve Rowe's Blog

    Becoming a Lead, Pt. 2 – Learning To Trust

    • 10 Comments
    When I became a lead, one of the first real changes I noticed was the necessity of trusting those who worked for me. When you are no longer doing all of the work directly, you have to report what others tell you. This is very different from reporting...
  • Steve Rowe's Blog

    Becoming a Lead, Pt. 3 - Delegating

    • 2 Comments
    I've noticed that people new to leadership roles often struggle with the concept of delegating. Learning to delegate is imperative for a leader. When you become a lead, you gain responsibility for more than one person can do. Without delegating, you'll...
  • Steve Rowe's Blog

    Becoming a Lead, Pt. 4 - We Not I

    • 7 Comments
    Another aspect of becoming a lead/manager that takes some time to wrap one's head around is what your role is now. You are no longer judged based on your own actions, but rather the collective actions of your team. With all of the time you will likely...
  • Steve Rowe's Blog

    Understanding Networking

    • 0 Comments
    In my recent foray into podcasting , I ran across a gem. It is a 4-part series which explains most of the basics of networking in easy-to-understand terms. The series is part of what is called Security Now from the guys who do This Week In Tech . It covers...
  • Steve Rowe's Blog

    HDTV Primer Podcast

    • 2 Comments
    Another interesting podcast I've found, this time giving a lot of detail about HDTV. This comes from Major Nelson who is interviewing someone from Microsoft Studios. The interview composes the majority of the podcast. It is quite informative. This covers...
  • Steve Rowe's Blog

    Podcasts I'm Listening to Now

    • 2 Comments
    Here's what I'm listening to this month. If you have any suggestions for things I might like, especially tech/programming podcasts, send them my way. I listen to these regularly: Major Nelson - Covers the world of the XBox360. News, reviews, interviews...
Page 1 of 1 (11 items)