Unstable Path

Always take the road less traveled.


What am I using right now for info, tools, etc.

How I organize my day

  • Weekdays
    • Outlook Calendar
    • Microsoft To Do – Planned tab and My Day if I need more focus.
    • Microsoft Planner – Mainly for organizing 1:1s and other regular meetings and small projects. Anything assigned to me flows into To Do.
    • ‘OpenDaily’ Script – Opens all my daily programs and the websites I use daily in Safari.
  • Weekends
    • Maybe a reminder or two for things I need to get done, but otherwise I leave my weekends free for time with my wife & family.

Information Intake

  • Lobste.rs – Mainly programming and development related but I still like staying hooked in to some of this.
  • Twitter – Mostly garbage but I’m working to purge the crap and stack my feed with good leadership, IT and InfoSec folks.
  • Ycombinator News – Usually a couple cool reads.
  • Newsify & Various RSS Feeds – I’m working on sorting these out after deciding the actually read news in my feed. That was a BAD idea. I’m also looking for an RSS reader worth its salt without a ridiculous monthly fee.
  • LinkedIn – Not as dedicated as I should be, but this is my social network of choice. It’s a positive influence, unlike the other two.
  • Security Intel Feeds
    • FS-ISAC IntelX – If you are in the financial space, an FS-ISAC membership is worth the yearly costs.
    • Shadow Server – I use both the public mailing list and the scan results. The former helps stay up-to-date, and the latter is great CYA.
  • Mailing Lists
    • CUNA Technology Council – Another membership that is worth the money if you work in the credit union space. Loads of opportunities for knowledge sharing and networking.
    • Users Groups for various important apps – It pays the be in these groups. You get a lot of valuable info but it takes some time out of your day to process.
  • Podcasts
    • Daniel Miessler’s Unsupervised Learning – I subscribe to both the newsletter and the podcast. I normally listen to the free podcast then use the newsletter for any links that I missed during the podcast.
  • Newsletters *

Information Sharing

  • My blog is the new place for me to share. I’ve decided that posting everything interesting that I read gives me at least one reason per day to post.
  • Our internal chat at work.
  • Social media

How I stay plugged in to my team

  • Daily Stand-Ups – each morning we go around the table using the standard SCRUM methodology: what did you do yesterday, what are you doing today, and what roadblocks do you have. I take the time right after the meeting to dig in to any roadblocks or redirections that need my attention.
  • Weekly priorities emails on Mondays – I ask everyone individually what their priorities are, and what they need from me to ensure they can accompish them. This keeps both sides in the loop with a minimal time need from both sides. The intention is to keep our 1:1s focused on coaching, development, and the big issues.
  • Weekly 1:1s – At least 30 minutes each week with everyone on my team. The goal is to focus on development, coaching, and planning.