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I accept the terms in the license agreement… I think

If you’ve signed up for a website or installed commercial software sometime in the last 10 years there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve been asked to read through a document that would give War and Peace a run for its money before then agreeing to its content. There’s also a pretty good chance that […]

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Congratulations, you have a useful job!

Being IT tech support for your family and friends seems to be one of the most hated “perks” of being tech savvy. I’m forever hearing stories about distant relatives who only ring every 6 months when their printer goes on the blink, or that time you wasted 3 hours on the phone trying to set […]

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Which Type of Architect Are You?

This article is part of a series of posts that originated in a talk I did at the 2011 Perth SharePoint Saturday event. Around 10 years ago, when the IT industry needed to pinch another fancy title for itself after engineers got sick of us using their professional title, the term “architect” started popping up […]

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Consulting Contracts and the Behaviours They Encourage

In a  recent post I spoke at a high level (and at length, it seems) about the things developers need to know about different consulting company contracts they might encounter in the workplace. After reading the article, fellow Perthie and all round awesome guy Mike Minutillo pointed out that there’s some good information in that there […]

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Lip Service

The internet is a fast paced world where the general consensus about what is “cool” can change in instant, and the online software development community is no exception. Recent years have seen movements relating to topics such as craftsmanship, quality, and design spread like wildfire through the tubes, eventually crossing over into the real world […]

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Consulting Contracts for Developers 101

If you’re a developer that works for a consulting firm, chances are you’ve never really thought about the contract that you’re working under. Managers can take care of all that stuff while you look after important things like shipping features to users, right? Well, not exactly. Before we get to that, let’s define exactly who […]

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Fast Food Development

The idea of trust within a software development team is an interesting one. Jeff Atwood argues that a lack of trust between management and the development team can lead to “micromanagement zombies” who mindlessly follow anything management tells them without contributing creatively. I believe that the issue is much more complex than this, as demonstrated […]

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The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth

There’s no denying that recruiters deliver a useful service to the IT consulting industry; without them we’d never be able to hire personnel with more than 2 or 3 degrees of separation from our current employees. However, the extended reach comes at a cost. The recruiters themselves are not IT consultants, and they also have […]

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The Drudgery Report

I was recently interviewed by Sheila from Sheila’s Wanderings. Typically for me, I ended up with a longer answer to the “Any last words?” section than any of the others. The tone of the questions really got me thinking about my first year of University, when I was amongst 200 other students looking forward to […]

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Walking the Line

Consultancy is a hard gig. Most companies walk a very fine line between body shopping and offering professional services. An organisation favouring body shopping usually hires consultants for a particular contract; with no long term view on how that employee could be best utilised to grow the company. The organisation often charges clients per hour, […]

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