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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IT Profile: Brandon Carlson

Name: Brandon Carlson Current Position:  IT Nerd/Agile Coach at Lean TECHniques, Inc. IT Background:  I started out slinging code on my Vic 20 in 1983 (ok, ok, copying programs out of magazines and hoping they worked). It was clear to me that my future was going to be in technology. I started off my career coding C++ and […]

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Are we over engineering?

I recently was meeting with a person who isn’t in the field of Software development.  He was relating a story of friend who was in software development.  This friend was comparing his work with another software developer who will spend time constantly re-working his designs.  As we work more in our field of specialty we […]

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IT Leader Profile

I have wanted to profile some IT Leaders for some time.  Now that I have a blog it is a great place to do this.  I thought the best person to profile first is me!  I can work out all the kinks with me and be ready for the next profile. Name: Tom Henricksen Current […]

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Pairing up

Over the course of two days this week a co-worker and I paired up to work through an enhancement for our current release.  I have paired up only a little before this and I found doing it for almost the whole day to be very productive.  We covered a lot of ground and got through some demanding […]

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Career Check up

Do you periodically audit your skill-set?  At Dice we are going through an Agile Transformation lately so I have been reading and working on that a lot.  We had two days of training.  Agile Skills are definitely in demand and seem to being growing here in the Central Iowa or Des Moines marketplace. I have been […]

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Build the wall not the house!

We sometimes want to do too much when get something to work on.  We want to exceed what we have been asked to do.  That can sometimes lead to problems.   Recently in our Agile training we received from Arin Sime and Kent McDonald we completed an exercise with Legos.  At first thought I think we wondered […]

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