Category Archives: Career

Feedback continuum over Binary judgment

Almost everything in life lies on a continuum … not in binary states. For example: it’s a simplification to say that you’re either introverted or extroverted. More sophisticated Myers Briggs tests (and others) will give you an indication of the … Continue reading

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Agile talent market

Do you have agile/lean running through your veins? I know of a couple of great companies seeking agile/lean talent. If you’re not into travel – perhaps you’ve been on the road and are looking to settle down, Lab49 has opportunities … Continue reading

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Truck Factor Mitigation

One of the strong selling points of pair programming is that knowledge of the code base, techniques, and domain are shared across multiple people. We joke that this reduces the “truck factor” for a team. Truck factor is the risk … Continue reading

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Developing Extreme Talent

Thanks to Jason Yip’s blog entry: On chess grandmasters and the expert mind for pointing me to this fascinating article – The Expert Mind: Studies of the mental processes of chess grandmasters have revealed clues to how people become experts … Continue reading

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Good programmers: nature or nurture?

From where do good programmers sprout? Do they come from top-notch collegiate computer science programs? Do they stem from a gene correlated with good problem-solving abilities and ability to think in higher level abstractions? Where does the balance lie between … Continue reading

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Just ran across a profile of an ex-colleague who had abbreviations following his name on a networking site. We should all be proud of our educational accomplishments and certifications, and they certainly hold a place in the job-search process. But … Continue reading

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Path to Passion

I had an interesting dialog with a colleague recently. He left a long, multi-year consulting stint a few months ago to join a start-up in Silicon Valley. He’s absolutely loving it. The excitement and passion are prominently on his sleeve. … Continue reading

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Polyglot Programmers

Neal Ford from Thoughtworks has a good blog post on polyglot programmers. His argument is that single-language programmers are becoming a remnant of the past. To thrive in the IT environment of today, we should be open to using the … Continue reading

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