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“Pragmatic Dave on Passion, Skill and ‘Having A Blast'”:http://www.infoq.com/interviews/dave-thomas-agile-passion:
bq. … you should be investigating your tools set and you should be trying different techniques and different ways of doing things. And maybe then, more and more it looks back into practices. And that’s not just to make you better at your job, it’s also to make you safer in your job. Because, at the speed things are changing, *in 10 years the job description for Java programmer is going to be “maintenance.”* And that’s just the case, just the way things work in this industry.
So, what are you waiting for? Get moving. Learn a new language. Today.
Who wants to be the “Gordon Ramsay”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Ramsay of software development? Because we freakin need one — there’s absolutely no shortage of places to fix.
Having just watched “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares”:http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramsay%27s_Kitchen_Nightmares on TV tonight, I realized how much the kitchen nightmares portrayed in the series are like some of the software development nightmares I run into as a freelance consultant.
While most of the software development teams aren’t exactly failing completely and their companies about to file for bankruptcy, there’s a long list of striking resemblances with the restaurants in the TV series: People are running around utterly confused, not communicating properly, and the so-called managers are doing a terrible job of being in charge. The team members have either lost their love and passion for writing software or just don’t know their craft. And if they have a structured approach to software development, it’s more often than not using out of date methods and tools resulting in out of date productivity and results — they are serving fondue and cheesecake, when they could be practicing “molecular gastronomy”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molecular_gastronomy.
So why do these software shops still have customers? Well, my take on it is that the customers simply do not have the skills necessary to tell a good software development shop from a bad one. And the worst thing is, if they had the skills, there would be awfully few to choose from.
As they say in the TV series: It’s going to be hell! Are you going to answer the 911 call?
I didn’t make it to the Preboot boat party this evening, but Thursday and Friday I’ll be at the “conference”:http://reboot.dk. Unfortunately I’ll be without my new “MacBook Pro”:http://productive.dk/2006/04/07/my-journey-to-macland.html — it’s in for repairs, but that’s another (sad) story. Luckily I’ve managed to loan an iBook, so I won’t be a complete outcast at the conference. Hope to see you there!
bq. Nu er der hjælp at hente, når kommuner og andre offentlige myndigheder skal vurdere, om et indkøb skal sendes i EU-udbud. I en ny pjece sætter Konkurrencestyrelsen og Statens & Kommunernes Indkøbs Service (SKI) fokus på, hvordan udbydere skal beregne en kontraktværdi…
“Læs hele pressemeddelsen”:http://www.ks.dk/presserum/PM2006/ski/ eller “download pjecen”:http://www.ks.dk/publikationer/udbud/2006/kontraktbereg/.
Yet another great “Paul Graham”:http://www.paulgraham.com/ essay. This time he’s writing about “How to Do What You Love”:http://www.paulgraham.com/love.html. From the essay:
bq. I’m not saying we should let little kids do whatever they want. They may have to be made to work on certain things. But if we make kids work on dull stuff, it might be wise to tell them that tediousness is not the defining quality of work, and indeed that the reason they have to work on dull stuff now is so they can work on more interesting stuff later.
And about what not to do:
bq. Prestige is especially dangerous to the ambitious. If you want to make ambitious people waste their time on errands, the way to do it is to bait the hook with prestige. That’s the recipe for getting people to give talks, write forewords, serve on committees, be department heads, and so on. It might be a good rule simply to avoid any prestigious task. If it didn’t suck, they wouldn’t have had to make it prestigious.
I sure hope I’m on the right path here…
“ThoughtWorker”:http://www.thoughtworks.com/ “Obie Fernandez”:http://jroller.com/page/obie came up with the nifty new term “Productivity Arbitrage”:http://www.jroller.com/page/obie?entry=productivity_arbitrage:
bq. _Productivity Arbitrage_ is a strategy of statistical arbitrage which leverages innovative new technology to deliver solutions at the market price that is based on the historical price/value proposition of older, less-productive technology.
In software terms, it is the competitive advantage gained by delivering solutions at or slightly below market price, but incurring lower delivery cost due to early commercial use of a new, relatively unproven technology. Over time, the market’s price/value expectation aligns with reality to reflect a new status quo, in turn diminishing profitable opportunities for productivity arbitrage until innovation once again causes a productivity imbalance to arise.
Also a great story on how ThoughtWorks recently won a $800,000 bid with a “Ruby on Rails”:http://rubyonrails.org powered system.
Whether you’re an independent consultant, a footloose technology contractor or a freelancer, keeping track of time is vital to your business, which is why I started looking for a good time tracking solution when I began working on my own this month. I found a few options that looked good on the surface, and decided to give “myHours.com (Time Management, Timesheet, Time Tracking online – myHours.com)”:http://myhours.com a try. After using it for four weeks I can only say, that if you’re looking for an (online) application to keep track of your time, you should definitely try out “myHours.com (Time Management, Timesheet, Time Tracking online – myHours.com)”:http://myhours.com. For me it’s got just the right set of features. It did look a bit too simplistic to me in the beginning, but after using it for four weeks now, I’m very happy with the simple, non-bloated application and hope they’re going to keep it this way (adding a drop of “AJAX (Ajax: A New Approach to Web Applications)”:http://www.adaptivepath.com/publications/essays/archives/000385.php wouldn’t hurt, though).
Finally, I just have to get this out: Boy am I happy not having to enter my time and expenses in some half-assed SAP implementation any more. What a relief it is!