Unfeeling, uncaring, corporations that control every aspect of our lives. Technology run amok. A Kafkaesque feeling that society is broken for everyone while everyone continues to break it. These are the main tropes of the Cyberpunk genre present in Cyberpunk 2077, an open-world role-playing game by CD Projekt Red. It’s ironic that the origin of Cyberpunk 2077 is a tabletop RPG called Cyberpunk 2020 because looking back on 2020, it really does feel like many of the bleak tropes of the cyberpunk genre became front and center in 2020. So why has Cyberpunk 2077 broken all kinds of sales records…


As a big fan of Star Trek and the cyberpunk genre, the first episode of Season 3 of Star Trek: Discovery definitely intrigued me, and left me with a lot of questions. Just maybe not the ones the writers intended.

How much of the season will take place in the cyberpunk-like setting introduced in latter part of the first episode? If the answer is “most of it” then I’m sold on this season. …


I love Infinitode 2, and while I haven’t been able to crack the top one hundred list on any level yet, there’s a lot of things I’ve learned that I haven’t seen on the internet.

1. Pair complementary Towers together

What makes Infinitode 2 different from any other tower defense game is the amount of strategy involved. Unlike in most every other tower defense game I’ve played, you can’t simply put all the most powerful towers in the locations where they’ll have access to the most amount of road and then just let it play out. The strengths of each tower matter and also how…


I won’t beat around the bush, my friend. Your resume could use some work. It doesn’t do a good job of selling you to potential employers, which is sad because I think you’d be an amazing hire! Don’t worry though, I’ll help you out. If you take these 3 pieces of advice to heart, your resume will be killer.

1. Your resume is supposed to be a marketing brochure

You’ve probably been told that a resume is supposed to be a factual representation of your qualifications and employment history that maybe you’re allowed to stretch a bit to make yourself seem more qualified. The faster you understand how wrong that…


Humans have been genetically selected to enjoy stories. In that spirit, I’d like to tell all of you a story that has, up until now, been only told orally as part of training sessions on writing software development requirements. I hope you enjoy it.

A tourist exploring Chicago comes upon a restaurant called the Everything Restaurant. Quickly looking up the place on the internet, she sees that the restaurant bills itself as the “epitome of experience, being able to offer the eager foodie anything they could ever dream of.” After being seated, the tourist is told by the waiter that…


Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of speaking with Bethany Pagels-Minor, at the time a product manager at Sprout Social. In addition to their product management work, Bethany is in leadership positions for several non-profit organizations, including Chicago Black Women in Tech, a group dedicated to helping women considering or actively pursuing careers in technology, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, a group dedicated to assisting women and youth, and Howard Brown Health, one of the largest LGBTQ organizations in the United States.

I wanted to ask the self-described “poster child for diversity” about how the professional world in general and the…


I’ve seen a fair amount of forum threads complaining about the difficulty of Tactician Mode in Divinity: Original Sin II. While I initially found this mode grueling, tiresome, and borderline impossible, there are a few things that I learned along the way that makes playing this mode doable.

Steal Everything

If no one sees you steal something, you won’t get attacked. Figure out how to steal all the things and resell them. Otherwise, you’re going to have a hard time buying items from merchants (who carry the best items). Speaking of which…

Buy the Armor From Merchants

Merchants stock better armor than anything you’ll find in the…


A couple of weeks ago, I had a chance to speak with Lauri Hofherr, Head of Product at Oranj. Lauri is a former agile coach and uses her knowledge daily to improve product delivery and accountability at Oranj. My goal in talking to her was to understand why companies have such a hard time being agile and learn what they could do to improve. Speaking with her gave me a look into the mind of someone who lives and breathes agile, and I hope you get as much out of reading this interview as I did from giving it.

NOTE…


After working at my first software job for about a year, I was asked to manage the development of an industry first-of-its-kind communication platform. I had no experience leading a team of any kind and very little knowledge of software development processes and best practices. Despite that, I took on the task. I wanted to prove myself, and figured if I succeeded, it would do wonders for my career.

I read everything I could find about leading software projects and software design (this was before I was formally pursuing a career in product management), where “everything” mostly consisted of online…

Oleg Yazvin

Senior Product Manager, puzzle-solver, everything-hobbyist, and Amateur Gamer

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