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Interns: Taking off the training wheels

My intern team has been working for several weeks now on our new website. We have already completed one deployment to production and are finalizing our second one. We started with a plan to release often adding small bits of functionality as we go and so far that plan has been working really well. We already feel like we have accomplished a lot because we have completed many of our project's requirements and should easily be able to complete the rest giving us time to do even more than just the original requirements.

One of the things I have had some difficulty balancing has been how much to lead the interns and how much to let them figure out on their own. In deciding what our team process should be and how we should allocate our time, I think it was important for me to do more leading. I saw some deficiencies in how we were currently working and brought up some ideas for how we could address them. We had moved into spending all our time just working through stories and did not h…

Advice from Dan Wahlin

Dan Wahlin was here this week running an Angular training course.
The Intern team had the great opportunity to steal an hour of his time today to ask questions and learn from an expert. We had some Angular specific questions, but we also got a ton of great life advice.

These are the biggest take-aways I had from our time with Dan.

His greatest strength is his persistence and ability to work harder than others. He said that he might not be the smartest, even though he clearly is very smart, but that he will out work you and he will solve whatever problem he is facing through his persistence.He also said that it was important to quiet your inner critic. You should not be afraid to do something, but rather use that fear and "go over the wall, not run away." I have also recently begun reading the book Banish Your Inner Critic, which focuses directly on this concept and what you can do to change your inner critic, this advice had really great timing for me.The next thing will not …

New role: Lead Dev

A few weeks ago I started my new role as the Lead Dev for my company's summer intern project. We have 10 weeks for a leader, myself, another full time developer, and four student interns to join as a team and create a working application from scratch. In the Lead Dev position I will be focusing most of my time teaching the interns and building them up rather than directly coding the application. I will find ways that I can stop hurdles and roadblocks from slowing progress, while helping the interns gain insight into what goes into building an application. 
Our first couple of weeks together have not been focused on writing code and more on less technical things. We have done team building exercises and already feel like a solid team with everyone willing to share their own ideas. We have defined the requirements for our project and had sketching sessions to mock up what our application it's going to look like. We have taken those sketches through several rounds of feedback comi…