Jody’s cute face

Jody Heavener

is trying to make good web things.

👨‍💻Look, here’s the deal

Victoria, Canada is my home but I’ve got a pretty sweet gig working remotely as a Product Manager at Dribbble. The majority of my time there (and most of my career) has been spent with Ruby on Rails and front-end engineering. I’ll always be a programmer, but in the last year I’ve become fascinated with using data to inform project decisions, translating concepts and visions into sound roadmaps, and working with teams to deliver the best possible products.

I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given to build or contribute to digital projects that millions of people use in one way or another.

🏆Career highlights

Here are some of the more exciting things I’ve been a part of.

💪Web & tech values

Alright, I know this is preachy, but this is my page, not yours, so I wanted to outline some of my own beliefs and values as they relate to my field.

  1. Our industry needs to be much more inclusive. More womxn on engineering teams, more exposure and opportunity for underrepresented minorities, and less bullshit in general. No, seriously, stop what you’re doing and consider supporting one of these groups: Canada Learning Code, Girls Who Code, Women Who Design, Blacks Who Design, Black Girls Code, Latinxs Who Design, and Latinas In Tech. Reach out to suggest more groups I can add to this list.

  2. Accessibility shouldn’t be an afterthought or luxury. In this day and age there is no excuse to not make accessibility a priority in your project, and I am willing to fight you on this. Accessibility can be defined in a number of ways, but care and attention for the visually and physically diverse is incredibly important in your projects.

  3. You don’t need to overdo it with web tooling. I try my hardest to excersize common sense when building out web products and whether or not they need JavaScript frameworks (they probably don’t), build systems, preprocessors, etc. I love the basics, and see no need to overcomplicate things. Sure, there’s definitely value in all of these tools, but my belief is that if we can get away with a simple setup there’s no need for something complex.