Is your software developer any good?

Are you thinking about hiring a software developer to build your system? Here are “8 Things You Ought to Know If You Do Not Know Anything About Hiring a Software Developer“. He says:

“I did not come to this industry with a software background. I studied math, physics, business, then finance. But over the past 12 years or so, I have learned quite a bit about how to pick a software… “friend”. So let me share with you 8 things I would want to know if I was starting afresh.” (from “8 Things You Ought to Know If You Do Not Know Anything About Hiring a Software Developer“)

Can I be your friend?

Advice about listening to yoruself

A few months ago, a friend of mine told me he was struggling, really struggling with a big career decision. Here’s what I told him, and what I believe and have applied to my own decisions:

“Try to pay very close attention to what you yourself want to do. It is easy to get confused by expectations put on you by others or by yourself based on what you think others – parents, friends, colleagues and so on, would expect you to do or what the conventional wisdom says is the right thing to do. All that is confusing.
You need to try hard to filter that out and find out what you – YOU – really want to do, what your heart tells you. It’s hard to do but I have found it to be a very good exercise. Once you force yourself to be aware of those other influences it becomes possible to try to look beyond them.
Second – if you are in a dilemma where two major choices are both incredibly appealing, just in different ways, and one moment you think one is the right thing and the next moment the other is the right thing – then it’s possible and likely that either choice would be the right thing and you can’t make a wrong decision based on all the information you have now.
Thats not to say that a year from now you discover information that answers the question, but right now, maybe both choices are equally good.”


Thoughtful advice

No need to paraphrase or editorialize. Just read the whole thing, will ya? Lots of good advice that I wish I had gotten years ago.

How to steal like an artist (and 9 other things nobody told me)

Actually there is one nice tidbit that I got from the Lifehacker article that led me to the above link:

“It’s not a new idea—you’ve very likely heard the phrase “Good artists borrow, great artists steal.” It’s commonly attributed to Pablo Picasso, or T.S. Eliot, though it likely originated with neither. Kleon illustrates his point in the cartoon above, and has this to say on the subject:

‘Here’s what artists understand. It’s the a three-word sentence that fills me with hope every time I read it:

Nothing is original.

It says it right there in the Bible. Ecclesiastes:

“That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun.”

Every new idea is just a mashup or a remix of previous ideas.’

Wow, from the bible. Who knew.