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Where the Typical Interview Process Goes Wrong

In my experience, developers often overlook the non-technical interview. I’ve been the company culture guy during quite a few interviews. The task is simply to answer one question: “Is this person a good fit for our team?” Some have been great, and others have flopped. What do top developers do to ensure they’re hired?                                                                                                              Where the Typical Interview Process ...

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You’ve Just Been Laid Off From Your Programming Job. Now What

Don’t worry. It happens to the best of us. We’ve all been “laid off” at some point in our lives—well, at least most of us. Maybe your employer went through a “workforce reduction” and randomly selected people to be laid off—you just got unlucky. Or perhaps it wasn’t so much luck, but your tendency to watch StarCraft 2 Major League ...

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Estimates: Jumping to wrong conclusions

The main dysfunctions we concentrate on when talking about estimates are how they (and the people who gave them) are treated once they are given.  Management asks for estimations and then either: Disregards them completely and sets a deadline that ignores the estimates, made by the people who actually know and will do the work. Inflate them because “they are always late”. ...

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Career planning: The age of least resistance

On Sunday, there was a news program about how tough it is to find work after 40s. It was full of the usual stuff about employers only looking for young people who can work 30 hours days*, and freezing out anyone too old for their taste, etc. This is a real problem in many cases, and one that I find ...

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Your Job Is Going Away and You Won’t Get a Retirement

The world is changing—rapidly. Not too long ago, you could reasonably expect gainful employment at a single company for most of your life and then enjoy a nice pension or retirement plan later in life. It wasn’t too long ago when most software developers might be expected to work for the same company for at least five to ten years. ...

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How Would You Start an Online Business

In this episode, I talk about how I would start an online business. Full transcript: John: Hey, John Sonmez from simpleprogrammer.com. I’ve got a question here about starting an online business. This question is from Stig and Stig says, “Hello John, a new subscriber here. I study computer science with a hefty amount of focus on programming and design and I’d ...

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The Simple Programmer Soft Skills Quiz

If you really want to succeed in your career—and at life in general—you need more than technical skills. Being a really good programmer will only take you so far. If you truly want to reach the top of your game, you have to have soft skills. But, how do you know what soft skills you are lacking and which ones ...

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Developer Interviews – Code first approach

One of challenges that I’ve seen people facing while executing projects is that they often end up having people in their team (many a times screened by some experts) who are not good at writing quality code. There could be many arguments that writing code is not the only thing when working in an IT organization, but I have closely ...

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