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Sean Prunka (17.May.2013 at 10:15, 1 hr )
Talk at php[tek] 2013 (English - US)

Rating: 5 of 5

This session is about PHP programming in the real world, not on a single, specific project, but instead, on the real world example of being a code monkey and having your problems dictated to you. Your average code monkey is probably working on several projects, whether as a part of a “PHP farm” or even just multiple projects for a single client. We are problem solvers, we are innovators, we are solutions experts, BUT what is it that we actually do? Switching gears is costly, but inevitable. How many times have you been mired deep into your code, in the zone; only to be yanked out unsurreptitiously to answer a simple tech support question from your manager? “Hey Sean, how do I log into the admin portal again?” My talk is geared toward maximizing your efficiency in real world scenarios like this. With examples of “What to do if I’m knocked out of the zone?” and “How to avoid breaking someone else’s pace.”

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Rating: 5 of 5

17.May.2013 at 11:07 by Anonymous

The slides and talk you gave prompted a great discussion!

The talk was great. I'll be thinking about the net gain or loss for the business from now on.

Rating: 5 of 5

17.May.2013 at 11:08 by Tyler Etters (14 comments)

Lots of great tips, experiences and pointers regarding time management and human interaction management. I especially liked hearing about the current social/mental endemic known as "FOMO" - something that I personally experience but have been unable to quantify.

Rating: 5 of 5

17.May.2013 at 11:09 by Brian Feaver (4 comments)

Great talk! Lots of ideas on how to minimize distractions and get more work done.

Rating: 5 of 5

17.May.2013 at 11:12 by Patrick Schwisow (61 comments)

Great talk! A lot of good info, and good questions and discussion at the end.

Rating: 5 of 5

17.May.2013 at 11:46 by Jason Endres (11 comments)

Great talk information anyone can apply to their daily work.

Rating: 4 of 5

17.May.2013 at 11:55 by Jeremy Kendall (82 comments)

Excellent talk, excellent discussion, and leaving your phone on (intentionally) was genius. It really drove home the point about distractions and how simple they can be to eliminate (turning off your phone).

I only have one criticism, and that's to say you shouldn't tell us if you're running through your slides too quickly, or to make a big deal about an aspect of your talk that you feel isn't going as well as you'd like. Don't draw attention to your "mistakes".

For what it's worth, I thought the extra time for Q&A and discussion was fantastic.

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