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The Lost Art of Mentorship
I can remember it like it was yesterday. That is, how I began my journey as a software developer.
Join me for a moment, while I take a trip down memory lane.
Like many others of my approximate age, my tale begins with the Texas Instruments TI-85 Graphing Calculator...
Automate Everything! (Except Platform Upgrades)
AKA: Backwards Progression – Keeping Control of Your Solution Environment
Software development has always had its struggles. From dropping your perfectly ordered stack of punch cards to the nightmare known as "DLL Hell," developers are not strangers to environmental, platform and ecosystem pains.
In today's world, we have plenty of new...
Dev Team Effectiveness: It’s Not What You Think
If you’ve been keeping up with our Technology Team Rental blog posts you may have noticed a common theme. Teams are more than a collection of individuals and you can’t predict a team’s effectiveness by summing up the abilities of its members.
The quote, “the whole is greater than the sum...
Team Harmony: 4 Steps to Optimal Dev Productivity
If you’ve been managing programmers for awhile, you might have noticed that there are certain common themes in how they mature technically and professionally as they move through their careers. Perhaps you’ve also noticed certain commonalities in how things progress when those developers form teams to work on your...
The Myth of the 10x Programmer and the Enterprise
Have you heard of the 10x programmer? They’re pretty great. They are the class of programmers who are 10 times as productive as their peers. The only problem is that the tech world is divided on whether these programmers are merely rare – or entirely mythical.
The concept originates...
A Cautionary Tale of Printers, Permissions and Teamwork
In software development, the running joke has always been, "it works on my machine." Whether it's broken builds, configuration confusion, or a botched command against the repository – it's easy to get into a bad state where no one else can seem to figure out why things just don't work. Even with...