Posts about life, engineering management, the web industry, and things that I've been up to


dConstruct: The final chapter!

16 September 2022

According to the dConstruct archive, the previous iteration of the conference was in 2015. 2015! My digital footprint tells me that I wasn't able to make it as I was speaking at a small web event in some Kentish woods, and so my last attendance was in 2014, a year that I remember vividly for the content being exceedingly post-apocalyptic and even more brain-melting than usual. Poor, sweet, naive 2014 Sally had no idea what would eventually be coming down the line in the real world...

Digital shadow inheritance

25 August 2022

Earlier this year I had a big life moment. I had a child. As with all big life moments it’s come with a lot of introspection for me, and one of the things that I pondered a lot and felt most strongly about was around how much or little to post online about them; how much of a trail of their life I’d be creating for them to inherit in the future.

Developer satisfaction surveys

20 February 2022

In response to a nudge that it'd be good to have more written about this, I'm sharing some thoughts on developer productivity surveys, and what we've been doing at Farewill.

Finding your leadership style

25 January 2022

When it comes to career advice, a common recommendation is you’ll need to work on your leadership to become more senior. In previous times “leadership skills” may have been code for “become a manager”, but nowadays even in hands-on/individual contributor roles leadership skills are becoming increasingly sought after.

2021 into 2022

2 January 2022

Another pandemic-tactic yearly round-up! I like to look back at the end of the year and write myself a reflection on how I’d found it. This is the 2021 edition.


Advice for my younger developer self

17 June 2021

Earlier today I saw a tweet from Jo Franchetti, asking what advice you'd give your junior developer self. It's a classic question and one that's ripe for a blog post, so here's my take.

Leadership through a personal crisis

11 April 2021

One of the hardest things about being in a leadership position is understanding that you’re so visible, and your actions or behaviour - whether intentional or not - can send ripples through a large sphere of influence. In this post I want to give some tips about how to handle times when you’re not in a good place, balancing taking care of yourself with your leadership responsibilities.

Degrees of self care

21 January 2021

When it comes to looking after ourselves, sometimes we need to make sure we're practicing self care at the appropriate level.

2020 into 2021

3 January 2021

I’ve written some form of annual summary most years since 2011, and every year I read them back. They act as a reminder of the good and bad, and help me see the threads in my life. 2020’s a tough one to write, and has turned out to be a bit of a monster post.


Areas to think about when introducing a progression framework

21 November 2020

After being involved in creating a couple of progression frameworks I've compiled key lessons I've learnt, tips, and questions to ask yourself when creating or updating your own.