Incremental vs Big Bang

In software development we have different ways of releasing new changes.  One approach is the Big Bang release where we put every item asked for by the customer.  Usually the customer thinks this is what they want.  They want it all at once and it will just be great.  I am sure anyone who has […]

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Finding balance

How do you find balance with your life and your career?  I would say I have been pretty fortunate with my various stops in my career.  I have had to put in some long hours at times but, overall it has been good.  I know former co-workers who chased more money and got stuck working […]

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Do you have a sales hat?

Many of us in IT don’t know how to market ourselves very well.  Even if we try to be analytical about all decisions we must understand that persuasion is always important.  I was recently having coffee with a friend who is in Technical Sales.  He reminded me to work on your sales skills in whatever […]

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Programmer’s Bookshelf

Every profession has the classic books that most professionals have read.  The field of software development is no different.  When you first start in a field you begin to notice people will quote a lot from certain books.  There is a book that really resonates with me.  The Pragmatic Programmer by Andrew Hunt and David […]

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Do you have a Mentor?

Do you have a Mentor?  I know some organizations have a formal Mentoring program.  I can see the value of the that in a large organization that has an established culture.  This would be a great way for people coming up through the ranks to learn the corporate process.  I have worked in mostly small […]

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