After three decades of software development and about twenty years of professional experience across Europe and Middle East, now I’m a partner and consultant at a new venture, the SoftInstigate Team. We decided to start a new software company because we felt the urgency of a new paradigm shift
Pawel Brodzinski, lean and agile coach, suggests a good estimation scale for a task:
- 1: 1
- TFB: Too Fucking Big
- NFC: No Fucking Clue
As I have a long-term experience as a remote worker, also dealing with and managing remote teams in different timezones, I am always interested in experiences on this subject. Today I stumbled upon an article on TheNextWeb: 3 radical habits of highly successful remote teams.
Frederick Brooks, The Mythical Man Month.
The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He builds his castles in the air, from air, creating by exertion of the imagination. Few media of creation are so flexible, so easy to polish and rework, so readily capable of realizing grand conceptual structures.
Yet the program construct, unlike the poet’s words, is real in the sense that it moves and works, producing visible outputs separate from the construct itself. It prints results, draws pictures, produces sounds, moves arms. The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life, showing things that never were nor could be.