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Software development (30/08/13 18:22:59) Reply
    Preparing methods and user guidance in analytical chemistry (like I do for a living) - isn't that some sort of software development? The final judge of my work is the results, not peer evaluations.

    So who are my peers? Time to unveil.


    (for introduction - but not the first article in the series)


    "What makes Expert Beginners unique, however, is how inescapable cognitive dissonance is for them."

    "If you’ve been to enough rodeos in the field of software development, you’ve encountered Xenophobe. He generally presides over a small group with an iron fist. He’ll have endless reams of coding standards, procedures, policies, rules, and quirky ways of doing things that are non-negotiable and soul-sucking. This is accompanied by an intense dose of micromanagement and insistence on absolute conformity in all matters. Nothing escapes his watchful eye, and his management generally views this as dedication or even, perversely, mentoring."

    "New business ventures will be labeled “unfeasible” or “not what we do.”"

    "But Master Beginners are somehow Expert Beginners by nature. They are the meritocratic equivalent of sociopaths in that their incredible tolerance for cognitive dissonance allows them glibly and with an astonishing lack of shame to feign expertise when doing so is preposterous. It appears on the surface to be completely stunning arrogance. A Master Beginner would stand up in front of a room full of Java programmers, never having written a line of Java code in his life, and proceed to explain to them the finer points of Java, literally making things up as he went. But it’s so brazen–so utterly beyond reason–that arrogance is not a sufficient explanation. It’s like the Master Beginner is a pathological liar of some kind (though he’s certainly also arrogant.) He most likely actually believes that he knows more about subjects he has no understanding of than experts in those fields because he’s just that brilliant."

Re: Software development (31/08/13 08:14:38) Reply
    Just to rephrase you from one of your prior posts here,

    (they...) meet new challenges all the time - until they meet the one they cannot cope with.

    If you don't mind I'd like to add for these: running away from it, like "crippeled," constantly turning their (ugly) head round


    To paraphrase again,

    the true voyage of discovery consists not of going to new places but of having a new pair of eyes..

    maybe one thing that separate naive programmers, however experienced, from
    sophisticated developers, however beginners :)
somebody or something

Re: Re: Software development (31/08/13 09:52:46) Reply
    And it's not to say that these (or even those) kinds of people are "for blame" (more than its enough).

    It's that the thing is not clear

    As somebody may want it to be..
somebody or something

Re: Blame (31/08/13 20:52:38) Reply
    I think they are to blame. I see laziness, greed and cruelty.

Re: Re: Blame (01/09/13 18:36:09) Reply
    You're right..

    Unfortunately, irritation with such things or for that matter injustice in general may be more harmful to its honest carrier than..
    but I digress :)

Re: Re: Re: I mean, they used to talk of.. (01/09/13 19:24:59) Reply
    vinegar, its cask and eating away, you know.. :)

Re: Software development (01/09/13 21:59:15) Reply
    to be able to be selectively stupid is an art. few people manage it.

    and yes, it's all software. knowledge management,storage,execution. just noone wants to admit it. coz they'll all loose face and status.

    On the cruelty of really teaching computing science '1988:

Software development vs relativism (03/09/13 16:59:54) Reply
    "I respect your opinion that knowledge management and logic is someway related to software development"

    (makes me want to send the contents of a full stomach into the speaker's face)

    I think a lot of people these days would need to be exposed to the strict and unforgiving logic of software - by building applications with primitive tools. Perhaps this would lead to fewer IT project disasters. I can hardly think of any successful project in any place near me. Mission creep, feature creep, conflicting signals, poor presentation, system crashes, inconsistent user interfaces, absent configurability.

    One might blame the programmers - and why not. Some of them are really bad. But the sheer number of end users throwing their weight around is neverending.

    "I respect your opinion ......"

Re: Re: Software development (04/09/13 10:16:26) Reply
    It is a harch biting bits world you live in, my good friend; from horses running to missiles flying which unfortunately weight heavily on the lives of who choose willy nilly to live in.

    Have you ever though to shift your brain cells' power into something that leads to less [stupid] regrets?

    Be well

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