Mel Reams

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Showing up is my secret superpower

Or, networking for misanthropic nerds. I’m shy, awkward around people I don’t know well, and honestly kind of a dork. So how is that I got three of the four jobs I’ve had since college by knowing people? I show up. That’s seriously it. Physically show up to events, make a minimal effort to be friendly, and you will get to know people who will either introduce you to someone.. Read More

How javascript is like a board game

Javascript is much more like a board game than you might think. Let me tell you a story to explain what I mean. I used to be convinced I just didn’t like board games. I’d played the usual Snakes and Ladders, Sorry, Risk and Monopoly as a kid, and I could happily go without playing any of them ever again. Especially Monopoly. At least the other ones had an end.. Read More

The most important word a project manager can ever learn

There is an amazing, near magical word that can save projects, hit deadlines, prevent burnout, and gain the respect of your team. Sadly, few project managers seem to know it. What’s this magical word? “No.” Really, it’s that simple. Just saying no (respectfully, in the right situation) can do all of the amazing stuff I listed. It’s not a guarantee of success, but it will give you a fighting chance… Read More

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