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A Great Tool for Creating Clear Expectations

In my last post, I shared a story of the consequences that can occur when we aren’t clear on expectations within our work relationships.  Having clarity within any relationship is vital, and it’s something that we all too often leave to chance.  I also encouraged you to use the golden rule of management as a means to create clarity: “If it matters, write it down.”  This is important and powerful—the act of committing...

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I Broke My Own Golden Rule—Here’s What Happened

Recently, I collaborated with a friend on a project. It wasn’t a big project, and we weren’t doing it for money. It was more of an exploratory effort that we were both interested in doing, so we decided to do it together. The two of us have been friends for years but had never done any work together, so it was an exciting opportunity. We jumped right in.   Over several weeks as the project started coming to its conclusion, my...

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GraphQL vs. REST

What is GraphQL? GraphQL is an API standard as an open-source project by Facebook to be an alternative to REST. Instead of many endpoints that return fixed data-structures, GraphQL only exposes a single API endpoint that responds precisely with the data specified in the HTTP request. More efficient how? Only the necessary data is transferred over the network, resulting in minimization of network consumption. GraphQL exposes a...

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3 Simple Tips for Managing Remote Employees

Regardless of when this pandemic ends (which feels like never to me right now), the way we work will never go back to how it was before. Sure, offices will open and some people will return to their cubicles, but many won’t. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about work over the past several months, it’s that work can be done successfully well beyond the walls of the office—sometimes even better. What this means for how...