"You can't size a technical project effectively without a good understanding of what it takes to do it yourself"
Remind us of your background? CS Degree, Java, started/sold Startup, joined JPMorgan (Ranjeet's Origin Story here)
Take us through your junior phase. What did you learn? Refresher on HTML/CSS was good. JS (weak typing) was still an adjustment.
Does it make sense for someone with a CS degree and a long tech career to do a bootcamp? Sizing projects yourself is key in managing teams. You can't size a technical project effectively without a good understanding of what it takes to do it yourself.
How do you justify the cost? $17k cost + opportunity cost of 3 months is steep but it is an investment. Either: Career move or Long term cost saving.
What did you find particularly challenging? Every day is net new learning! Wrote extensive notes on OneNote. Wish I had more practice time especially in the first few weeks.
If it were up to me I would increase the duration of the bootcamp to 5 months and add practice time every week.
Not everyone makes it through to senior phase - Discussing the good and the bad.
Senior Phase? Reacto is fantastic. Forces us to review basic Week 1 and 2 concepts like data structures.
Grace Shopper: Strategies for working in teams and delivering code. Write your tasks down and track issues on Github!
[Detailed Walkthrough of Ranjeet's actual Grace Shopper project] Dealing with requirements: shopping site for unauthenticated users, authenticated users, and admin users.
General Life Pro Tip: READ THE WHOLE TEST FIRST
Tech Talk: some mumbo jumbo about cryptocurrencies💰
What are you building right now? Stackathon (link below) on crypto-portfolio