Having a Balanced Portfolio of Work

When you’re thinking about what your plans should look like for a successful year, or half, it’s important to think about your projects like a portfolio: you want a mix of tasks rather than all be aspects of the same thing. And you want to mix short term and long term projects. You want things that you will do yourself and things where you will lead.

Thinking about your projects in quadrants maybe is a good idea. Consider the following:

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What a portfolio might look like

It’s very simple, but it’s a useful exercise.

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I’m a software engineer at Facebook; I specialize in software performance engineering and programming tools generally. I survived Microsoft from 1988 to 2017.

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