Hello! I’m Mike Chen, software engineer, father, and recovering big tech company employee. I write about software, business, and crippling self-doubt.

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Career
Communication

How to ask questions as a new engineer

3 tips for asking for help that will make mentors love working with you

Apr 19, 2022
Personal

A year of parenthood

Mar 12, 2022
Personal

From internet lurker to content creator: 3 mindset shifts that helped me overcome my fear of publishing

Oct 24, 2021
Career

10x jobs

Not all jobs are created equal

Oct 17, 2021
Career

The two most lucrative skills in the tech industry

You're in the game already, why not play to win?

Oct 14, 2021
Personal

Productivity as fantasy

My learnings about the limits of productivity and time management

Oct 9, 2021
Personal

Blameless postmortems and personal problems

How to use the tech industry’s greatest contribution to corporate culture to fix your bad habits

Sep 18, 2021
Personal

Starting over

My struggle with perfectionism, i.e. how to publish a blog post once every 3 years.

Aug 31, 2021
Career

Building empathy as a software developer

Tips on mastering one of the most underrated soft skills you need to succeed in your career

Nov 17, 2018
Career

4 tips for increasing your programming productivity

Tips and tricks on how to maximize your productivity and to be as efficient as you can be

Dec 11, 2015
Career

How you can learn to program: web development resources

A small collection of resources and what I think they can teach you if you're just starting out

Dec 5, 2015
Career

How you can learn to program: choosing a language

A non-definitive, totally subjective guide to choosing your first web development language

Nov 30, 2015
Career
Personal

How I learned to program - part 3

Learning to love front-end development and finding my way out to Silicon Valley

Mar 25, 2015
Career
Personal

How I learned to program - part 2

Learning data structures and algorithms to uncover the fundamentals of my craft

Mar 12, 2015
Career
Personal

How I learned to program - part 1

How and why I abandoned my degree and took a job that quartered my salary

Mar 10, 2015