Musical chairs and smart brains

posted by Jeff | Monday, November 13, 2006, 12:01 PM | comments: 2

We moved around at work on Friday, or rather most everyone else did but me (funny because I have the least crap on my desk). When I walk down the isle now it seems weird and unfamiliar.

The moves were to get us all closer to the people we're working the most with. After the hell of last spring (and I'm still surprised I didn't bolt during that time), we're now in more of a small-team project mode. We were informally already doing this as early as June, but now it's more deliberate.

As kind of a note for Tyler, or anyone who is just starting to develop software... go where the brains are. As much as I resisted doing salary work at the start of the year, the opportunities to enrich your brain are far greater when you work with the right people. Sometimes it's hard to know who those people are, but if you feel like you're not advancing in terms of skills and knowledge, then move on. While the contract work I was doing last year offered a lot of freedom, I was falling behind my peers. This gig I'm on now is the closest thing to a formal education that I've had, and it feels good to not be hacking along the way I used to.


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Neuski, November 13, 2006, 6:41 PM #

I'll go where the brains are, but only if those brains are helpful. My current work fear is repeatedly asking for help. I know I have to annoy my boss sometimes.

Jeff, November 13, 2006, 7:37 PM #

Don't ever feel bad about that. You can't learn if you don't ask questions. Good developers like to share the knowledge.


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