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5 Ways to surround yourself with awesome
[Repost from my personal blog .] I'm surprised at how often it comes up, the issue of creating a "culture of awesome" where you work. And honestly, as much as I think of it in terms of the software profession, the path to getting there likely applies...
The problem and opportunity with accountants' view on software people
[Note: This is a repost from my personal blog .] I was having lunch with a colleague the other day, talking about the strange state of affairs that is software developer hiring. There's a great desire at the executive and accounting level to hire people...
Performant: Stop making up words
People need to stop saying "performant." If it's a word at all, it's a noun synonymous with "performer," like an actor. Even if the construct was a real word, it wouldn't indicate whether it's a negative or positive thing. Something can perform well or...
Five things to remember when trying to change a company
One of the recurring things I've seen at companies large and small is that they often have really great people who don't necessarily have the breadth of experience to push processes in the "right" direction. It's happening a lot less in software circles...
Today's ideal developer
Scott Hanselman wrote a short blog post about developers vs. Googlers , but I really love where that inspired Rick Strahl to go . Having been in a lot of positions to hire people over the years, I think Rick really goes in depth with regard to skills...
Everyone else is doing it (incorrectly)!
[This is actually a repost from my personal blog, but I think the technical audience might “dig” it as well.] Innovation is hard. You can definitely foster it, but you can't really force it. It's completely fascinating when people innovate in a massively...
One interface to rule them all
I'm not shy about telling people that I'm not much of a computer science kind of guy. It's not that I don't respect computer science or understand it, I'm just not one to get academic over it to the point of not building anything. And while I can't always...
A year of remote working
[Note: I originally posted this on my personal blog , but it occurs to me that it’s likely something of general interest to software developers. -J] Today is my last day working for Humana, after about a year. One of the initial considerations in taking...
Software development is (mostly) a trade, and what to do about it
(This is another cross-post from my personal blog . I don’t even remember when I first started to write it, but I feel like my opinion is well enough baked to share.) I've been sitting on this for a long time, particularly as my opinion has changed dramatically...
The business of assumptions and up front design is an inefficient way to build software
This is actually a re-post from my personal blog . I'll make the usual disclaimer here that I'm not calling out anyone specifically, whether it be at Microsoft or elsewhere. It's just a topic that I feel very strongly about. I have to admit that I've...
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