Abstract An inspiring talk about mentoring the next generation. About Rob Napier Rob is co-author of iOS Programming Pushing the Limits, and maintainer of the RNCryptor encryption format. Before coming to Cocoa, he made his living sneaking into Chinese facilities in broad daylight. Today, he shapes music over Bluetooth for Logitech, explores old ideas in … Read More
Good engineers write good code, but the best engineers raise the skills of their junior colleagues, too. If you’re a senior engineer, you must learn to mentor new hires. Especially if you’re committed to diversity: mentorship is critical to the careers of women and minorities in tech. I have failed at mentoring, then succeeded. I distinguished five warning signs that a mentorship will fail, and five prerequisites that make a mentorship very likely to succeed. Learn from me, and march to mentorship triumph.
Ah, I can remember it like it was yesterday. I’m 40 now, but in my mid 20’s, I was one of those “wiz-kids” at the dawn of Client Server. When BitNet and BBSes were the norm and the “Internet” was usually accessed using UseNet net news and a dialup modem. In those years, my now-Chariot … Read More