Entries from December 2009 ↓

People are talking … are you listening?

I often hear people talk about not “getting” some aspect of social media, or worse, talking about it like it’s a waste of time, an indulgence, or even a joke.  The other day I was struck by how much the rules have changed in terms of communication, and why if you aren’t listening, you’re losing opportunity.

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Keep your dogma leashed

If you look up dogma on wikipedia today, you’ll see this phrase as part of the definition: “It is not to be questioned.”  Software developers are at their core scientists, however, and scientists are defined by the fact that they ask questions.  So it should be obvious that there’s no room for dogma in your software group.  And yet, go down the hall to a few of your more senior developers and ask them about coding standards, development practices, or even IDE preference.  Good luck.

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