The Principal Developer

15 February 2019 · 3 min read · comments

Today I had a phone conversation with my ex-colleague Alex. Alex works as a software developer in a fast-growing international organization. Me: “How are things going?” Alex: “My company is searching for a principal developer.” Me: “Did you apply for that position?” Alex: “I did, but my application has been rejected. CTO believes that I am not qualified for that role. He is searching for a better candidate.” Me: “Do you think that you are good enough?” Alex: “Of course! I have been writing code and solving intricate technology problems for more than seven years. I write clean code, proactively fix the technical debt and cut through JIRA tasks like a ninja. I am faster and better than other teammates”. Me: “I guess this is the exact reason why you don’t qualify.” Alex wasn’t happy to hear that, so we quickly wrapped up our conversation. I felt good because I hit the target. © Moneyball (2011) by Bennett Miller

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Job Promotion Is a Trap

13 January 2019 · 3 min read · comments

We love job promotion. The promotion gives us a sense of career progress: junior developer → developer → senior developer → principal developer → architect → senior architect → chief architect → CTO → CIO (Career Is Over). With every unlocked achievement, we earn more $, and our social status grows. We are moving towards our dream. We are happy, and life is good. But job promotion is a tool that employers use, to make us stay at the company longer.

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Stop Learning Frameworks

17 December 2018 · 3 min read · comments

We are developers. We need to stay up to date with technology. Every day, we learn programming languages, frameworks, and libraries. The more modern tools we know — the better. Keeping up to date with Angular, React, Vue, Riot, Ember, Knockout is fun. But we are wasting our time.

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You Are Not A Software Developer

8 December 2018 · 2 min read · comments

When I became a developer, I thought that my job is to write software. When my customer had a problem, I was ready to write software that solves that problem. I was taught to write software. But what customers need is not software. They need a solution to their problem. Your job is to find the most cost-effective solution, what software often is not.

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