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Career Advice You Can Count On

June 18th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Most career advice sucks at least 50% of the time. Context matters when it comes to advice because most career problems aren’t simple enough for generalities to work very often. Buy a house. Have kids. Don’t lease cars. Good advice? Sometimes, not always. For career advice to be really useful, it has to context imperial. No matter what the context, it has to work. Unfortunately, advice that fits this requirement is usually pretty lame.

So here are two pieces of advice that I think are pretty useful in nearly all contexts within IT.

1) Don’t schedule a presentation to senior management on the same day you get braces glued to your teeth, unless you want the director of application development to whisper “I tawt I taw a puddy tat” whenever you leave the room. I wish that hadn’t just happened to me YESTERDAY.

2) Don’t use waterfall for software development projects. Unless you want to spend huge amounts of money, deliver nothing, and go down with the ship insisting you would have been successful if only the business hadn’t kept changing requirements. Flippin’ baby.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 David York // Jun 19, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Being a Business Analyst, I like requirements just most of the time there is too much or many requirements. The users want to control development. I want development to build something useful. But I still want to be employed. I like agile but like most others trying to understand where that line is between requirements and development.

    Love the blog

  • 2 David Christiansen // Jun 19, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    I think Mike Cohn drew the line pretty darn well in User Stories Applied, which I recently reviewed. Check it out – requirements that don’t break your back when you lift them or your toes when you drop them.

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