Robin Cannon's Blog

Robin Cannon

A Brit in Texas. I manage the dev team for IBM's Carbon Design System.
My blog for work, tech, and industry related musings. Thoughts my own.
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Microaggressions - Why Inclusive Language is Important

April 12, 2019

I was watching some of the tweets about the JS Heroes conference over the last couple of days. A friend shared a joke that had been made…

How do I Build a Diverse Candidate Pool?

March 28, 2019

I’m a straight, white, cis, male, able-bodied manager. I work in an industry dominated by straight, white, cis, male, able-bodied people. In…

Stop Calling Things "Easy"

March 10, 2019

I had this blog post sitting on the back-burner for a while, with only some half-written notes. But as I was wrestling with a development…

Don't Rank Your Candidates Against Each Other

March 05, 2019

One of my Carbon team had her last day at IBM last week. There’s always sadness in seeing people leave. But I also love seeing developers…

Setting up a Gatsby site, and Remembering How to be a Developer!

February 26, 2019

I’ve always called myself a developer, but I’m not one. That’s been the case for the last few years, but it’s a strange thing to admit. I…

The Dangers of 'Culture Fit'

February 23, 2019

I’ve been involved in a lot of hiring processes. As a prospective employee. As a team member helping evaluate a prospective employee. As the…

Universal Advice Isn't Always Universal

February 19, 2019

I always encourage my team to reach out for advice. I tell them that it’s better to ask for help or guidance than to struggle with a problem…