Author Archives: Sheldon "Don" Sandbekkhaug

Three Things You Must Do When Mentoring Software Engineers

Mentoring other software engineers is one of my favorite parts of my job. Every software engineer ought to have an unbiased mentor to go to for career questions. Early in your career, you’re always the one asking questions. As you … Continue reading

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Your Name is Chad, and You are a Brogrammer at Big Tech Co. (Humor)

Your name is Chad, and you are a brogrammer at Big Tech Co. You start the day by slamming a protein shake. You throw on your usual uniform: a company t-shirt, shorts, sandals, and dark sunglasses. Your biceps bulge under … Continue reading

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Five Myths About Software Engineers that Hollywood Gets Wrong

Software engineers are weirdos in the media. On screen, we’re either eccentric geniuses or socially awkward losers. In the movies, programmers have magic powers, like they can hack the CIA in an instant. Or people see the stereotypes and think, … Continue reading

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Stop Having Sucky 1:1s with Your Manager

One-on-ones… Everyone has them. Sometimes they feel like a waste of time. But it doesn’t have to be that way. What if 1:1s could be a tool to further your career? What if they could be more enjoyable to both … Continue reading

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You Are an Engineer at Big Tech Co. During Coronavirus (Humor)

You are an engineer at Big Tech Co. It is March 2020 and The Company has just sent you to work from home. You live in California with two other engineers. Each of you makes multiple six figures but can’t … Continue reading

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