What am I using right now for info, tools, etc.
How I organize my day
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 *
- 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.