Developer / Trainer
Developer / Trainer

Bio

Simon is a staff author at Pluralsight. With over three decades of software development experience, he’s programmed in every discipline: from finance to transportation, nuclear reactors to game development. Prior to joining Pluralsight, Simon was the principal developer author at lynda.com. His first video course released back in 2002: since then, his popular courses have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of developers. His current focus is both on the new — the latest iOS and Mac development technologies — and on the old: fundamental computer science topics. He obsesses on making complicated subjects accessible, memorable, and easier to learn.

Session

26 Techniques To Improve, Learn, Create, Share and Ship

Okay, it’s a clickbait-style title. There may be 25 techniques. There may be 27.

If you have the indie mindset — even if you’re taking a paycheck — there’s the desire to be always learning, always making, always shipping and always doing it at the same time. With all that you do, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Burnt out.

The cliche: ‘It’s difficult to juggle it all’. And that’s not a bad analogy because juggling is messy. But more importantly, juggling is a learnable skill.

This session covers ’20+ techniques’ that you can use to help turn what often feels like chaos into something that makes sense.

In this talk, Simon focuses on the benefits of creating content — of teaching and sharing — to impose a structure on yourself while you’re doing all this. He’ll talk about why you don’t need a ‘passion for education’ to be amazing at teaching, and how you can use it to help you learn, make and ship.

He’ll also cover balancing quantity and quality for the things you’re create, and how to be meticulous without being paralyzed by perfection. You’ll discover hacks to increase your own motivation when you’re scattered, and how to turn even years of putting off (“I really should learn more about (X) some day…”) into working on it today.


Listen to Simon Allardice on Roundabout: Creative Chaos

Episode 14 – Simon Allardice

Roundabout: Creative Chaos focuses on many different topics. However, the heart of the show is creativity. We enjoy the personal stories our guests share about themselves and their careers. Our hope is that we can help our listeners gain the confidence and insight they need in order to achieve their own personal goals.