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A generalist. Or, better put, jack of all trades, master of none.

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revised How to prioritize tasks when you have multiple programming projects running in parallel?
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Oct
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comment How to prioritize tasks when you have multiple programming projects running in parallel?
It seems that I exaggerated the scenario a bit. I was trying to emphasize the idea of minimizing overhead, but I overdid that. I'll edit the question. Say that there are now enough resources to assign to each project. How do you minimize the overhead of planning and tracking tasks for different projects running in parallel?
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asked How to prioritize tasks when you have multiple programming projects running in parallel?
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awarded  Teacher
Sep
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comment Is it acceptable for projects to go over budget?
A common misconception is "I cannot ask for more info!". You usually are told you can't, but if you go at it enough you end up being able to.
Sep
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comment Is it acceptable for projects to go over budget?
The items should be listed at a level where each takes at most one hour. "Events module 4 hours" can easily mean 40 hours if you don't drill down in it enough. The idea isn't to send the client the detailed plan, but to be able estimate better via having chunks your mind can comprehend whole, not to mention the fact that such a detailed plan will help the design and implementation afterwards.
Sep
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answered Why did an interviewer ask me a question about people eating curry?
Sep
15
comment Why isn't functional programming more popular in the industry? Does it catch on now?
I think he meant 'unused' instead of 'new'.
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answered Should we hire someone who writes C in Perl?
Nov
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comment How to recognize a good programmer?
@gius: True, it would be ideal to avoid the situation, but you will never be sure until you test it for real, it's a 'wicked problem'. So while you can take many measures to prevent it as per the many suggestions here, you will never be sure, thus it's still a good measure to take.
Nov
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comment How to recognize a good programmer?
@Rexxar: They will still leave if they don't like it. It's just more honest and upfront to offer it that way, IMO. At least for me it'd be a plus, not a minus (given that's a short temp contract and that at its end it gets either permanent or it's a goodbye).
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answered How to recognize a good programmer?