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Genius-proof

You don’t hire fools*, so don’t waste your time fool-proofing your software development tools and processes. It’s actually more important that you genius-proof them. Our industry is full of smart people, but I’d say significantly more than half of those I’ve worked with over the past couple of decades couldn’t ever take a direct route to solving common software development problems such as creating a […]

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Don’t fence me in

When I meet new people in a social context, the conversation inevitably comes round to careers. It generally goes something like this. Imagine the scene – a sophisticated cocktail party (well, actually probably more likely a dirty old pub)… “So what do you do?” “I work in IT.” “Oh, so you work with computers.” “No, I work with people. They do use computers most of […]

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Cargo cults, competence and imposters

Way back in 2000 Steve McConnell wrote an article called Cargo Cult Software Engineering. If you’ve never read it, I highly recommend it. (Note: The late 90s and early 00s were a time of much debate around the ‘best’ way to develop software. It was essentially an agile vs structured Software Development Method (SDM) argument. McConnell’s article is couched in the context of that debate, […]

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