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What It Actually Means to Market Yourself as a Software Developer

Today is your lucky day! No, really it is. I am going to tell you exactly what it means to market yourself as a software developer and why it just might not be such a bad thing. Believe me, I know what you are thinking. I get a lot of flak about the idea of marketing yourself or doing any …

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I Spoke at Oredev This Year

I’ve been waiting to put this post up until the videos from my talks at Oredev were put online, but since two of the three are online, and I wasn’t sure if the third was actually going to go up, I decided to go ahead and put up the post now. I don’t speak at a lot of conferences, and …

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The 4 Levels of Freedom For Software Developers

For quite some time now I’ve been putting together, in my mind, what I think are the four distinct levels that software developers can go through in trying to gain their “freedom.” For most of my software development career, when I worked for a company, as an employee, I had the dream of someday being free. I wanted to be …

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What I Am Actually Doing and Why I Am Doing It

I thought I’d write a post this week talking about what it is that I actually do, why I am dong it, and what my overall strategy is with my business ventures and career. If you started listening to the Entreprogrammers podcast that Derick Bailey, Josh Earl and I just released this week, you probably already have somewhat of an answer …

Where Is Agile Now?

It seems just yesterday I was trying to push forward the idea of developing software in an Agile way, but somehow now it seems like that battle is over. As if we won without a fight. When I look around now, I don’t see software development shops doing big upfront design.  I don’t see consultants knocking down doors to certify …

Leaving the Safety of a Regular Job

My routine is pretty crazy. I get up in the morning, make my strict bodybuilding diet breakfast, and get to work at my first job by around 8:00 AM. I’ll take a few short breaks before lunch to cook usually some fish or chicken in order to fit in my 6 to 7 meals a day.  (I eat the same …