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Sep
13
comment Job hopping, is it a problem?
A person who accepts more than two crap jobs in a row has suspect judgement.If someone shows they can't hold a job for longer than a year over ten years, most hiring managers will eliminate them. This can especially be true at good companies where they have the pick of the prospects. Why should I waste my time on someone who can't work for anybody when I can get this equally qualified person who has shown he can? It costs a lot of money to hire and train a new employee. So yes you should stay at the crap job for longer if you are getting into this territory.
Sep
13
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Sep
10
answered What was the worst piece of code you fixed that you are proud of?
Sep
10
answered How to manage scope creep?
Sep
10
answered What can slow a developer down?
Sep
10
awarded  Teacher
Sep
10
answered How often are the unfortunate stereotypes associated with older techies true?
Sep
10
answered What's the most absurd myth about programming issues?
Sep
10
comment What's the most absurd myth about programming issues?
I used to be given a number 1 priority and then about a half hour later a .5 priority!
Sep
10
awarded  Critic
Sep
10
answered What are the warning signs of impending doom to watch out for on a project?
Sep
10
comment What are the warning signs of impending doom to watch out for on a project?
I once had a Business Analyst tell me requirements were not needed. Just what is the job of a business analyst again? Oh yeah to write requirements! We would get requirements like make this work like hkjk.com does.
Sep
10
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Apr
22
comment What should every programmer know?
"Look for the bad in the buzz" Boy do I see people who need to learn this one. Preferably before your whole system is based on something that works fine with 12 test records but which never perform well with the 20,000,000 records you wil have in year two.
Apr
22
comment What should every programmer know?
I rather like the phrase " engineering skills of a lobotomized beaver"
Apr
1
comment How do you handle your Project Manager
You are the first person in years I've heard mention that when you do the schedule not to assume the person will work 8 hours a day on the project! When I did manpower studies we assumed no more than 6 hours a day of direct work for any profession including software development. You have to account for leave, HR meetings, filling out paperwork, reading and responding to non-project email, etc. Since this person has other direct work besides the project, I would estimate his time on the projects at no more than 4 hours a day when figuring out the dealines.
Mar
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answered How to suggest changes as a recently-hired employee?
Jun
10
answered Dealing with awful estimates
Mar
9
comment What's it like to work in a large programming team?
"I find bureaucracy scales really well." Love that statement!
Dec
1
comment How can I really “wow” an employer at an interview?
ALso make sure that it has been scrubbed so that it is no longer proprietary code of your current employer. Make sure the interviewer knows that the sample code is not anything proprietary.