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Your Worst Enemy Is Yourself

Here’s the thing… You could have been exactly where you want to be right now. You could have gotten the perfect job. You could have started that business you always wanted to start. You ...
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How to Negotiate Your Salary

I’m often surprised how many software developers neglect to do any salary negotiations at all or make a single attempt at negotiating their salary and then give up and take whatever ...
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The Experience Paradox–How to Get a Job Without Experience

One of the most difficult things about becoming a software developer, is the experience paradox of needing to have a job to get experience and needing to have experience in order to ...
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The 4 Levels of Freedom For Software Developers

For quite some time now I’ve been putting together, in my mind, what I think are the four distinct levels that software developers can go through in trying to gain their “freedom.” For ...
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Do Software Developers Really Need Degrees?

When I first started out my career as a software developer, I didn’t have a degree. I took my first real job when I was on summer break from my first year of college. By the time ...
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Step By Step Path to Becoming a Great Software Developer

I get quite a few emails that basically say “how do I become a good / great software developer?” These kinds of emails generally tick me off, because I feel like when you ask this ...
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Scrum Masters: What Makes a Good One?

Yes, that’s right. I am writing a blog post today about Scrum and Scrum Masters. No, I haven’t lost my mind. I just realized that out of everything I’ve written about Agile and ...
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Why We Need More Complex Programming Languages (Yes, You Heard Me Right!)

My daughter is learning how to read right now.  As I was thinking about this blog post, I just walked past my wife and her working on some very basic reading skills.  It is quite ...
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Building Your Personal Programmer Brand

Just because you’re a software developer doesn’t mean that you don’t have to worry about branding. In fact, if you really want to boost your career, you’ll actively manage it ...
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So, You Want To Quit Your Job? (Fantasy Versus Reality)

This is part two in a series about quitting your job.  Check out the first post here. Imagine you are going for a run in your neighborhood; just a casual jog. You are running along ...
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