The Beginning...

Welcome to my blog, The Learning Apprentice. As you no doubt have seen from the blog description, I have recently developed a keen interest in both leadership and management. This came about through various factors, which I will discuss below, but the goal with this blog is to grow and learn and at the same time, share my findings with you along the way.

On a side note, I will try to relate the topics of discussion back to an IT perspective, but these teachings could easily be applied to any discipline. In some cases, I actually found that some of these topics have affected me on a personal level and have given me a deeper understanding of people and family relationships.

The Next Manager

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to be selected to attend a course on becoming a leader & manager and it really opened up my eyes and answered a lot of lingering questions that had been burning me up inside. I found that when developers were "thrown" into a leadership role, such as team lead, and were often ill equipped for the situation, at least from a soft skills perspective (I know I was). This was therefore one of the goals of the blog, to help people better handle those leadership situations.

Simple Programmer

Lastly, I cannot thank John Sonmez enough for his great website Simple Programmer. He really has some excellent posts and I really enjoy the softer topics that he covers. In a world we are constantly trying to keep up with the latest technology, I feel like his blog gives a breath of fresh air to the industry, especially his posts that focus on "non-technical", but equally important issues.

In addition to the treasure trove that is Johns blog. He also provides a free blogging course, which is delivered to you via email over the course of several weeks. At first I wasn't sure what to expect, but John has done a great job in separating the tasks in a clear and well defined manner. Along the way, he gives you nuggets of information on how, and what to do, in order to make your blog a success. For me, one of the biggest takeaways that I wouldn't have discovered on my own, was the need to be consistent. If you are in anyway inclined to start a blog, be sure to check it out!

Simple Programmer Badge

That wraps it up for my first post, so lets get going and see where this journey takes us.

Until next time....keep learning!

Mauro Da Silva

Learning everyday about software development, leadership & self improvement

South Africa