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The Ten Commandments of Egoless Programming


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The Ten Commandments of Egoless Programming is about advices to follow on how to be a professional programmer, how to work efficiently with your team, being postive vs negative and construcive vs aggressive.

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The Ten Commandments of Egoless Programming

  1. 1. 2014 The Ten Commandments of Egoless Programming
  2. 2. 2 Jeff Atwood’s Blog The Ten Commandments of Egoless Programming written in 2006… … has originally been written by Jerry Weinberg in The Psychology of Computer Programming book in 1971! … now we are in 2014 and it still makes much sense!
  3. 3. 3 1 Aaargh! Next time I’ll wear my rubber boots!
  4. 4. “To truly succeed, you must fail. And you must fail a lot.” Auren Hoffman Learn, laugh, and move on! 4 Understand and accept that you will make mistakes1
  5. 5. 5 2 YOU!
  6. 6. 6 You are not your code2 A code review will aim to reveal potential problems pretty early, so that it won’t go to production. Those issues are about the code, not about you! Don’t take it personally!
  7. 7. 7 3 Wow! I definitely need to learn how he gets lightning out of his head!
  8. 8. 8 No matter how much "karate" you know, someone else will always know more3 Any colleague can teach you some new moves if you ask! Always seek and accept input from others, especially when you think it's not needed Think about pair programming!
  9. 9. “The only stupid questions are the ones you don’t ask. Ask any time.” Uncle Bob Martin 9 3
  10. 10. 10 4 Who did that? Please raise your hand! Oops!
  11. 11. 11 Don't rewrite code without consultation4 Make the difference between “Fixing” and “Rewriting” Propose changes during code reviews. If you think it would be nice to change something in the code, go and see your colleague and apply the number 10 commandment
  12. 12. 12 5 Making such a bread is too technical for you, you won’t understand
  13. 13. 13 Treat people who know less than you with respect, deference, and patience5 Don’t reinforce the stereotype of the developer that has off-stage personality and is seen as demanding of his colleagues Don’t act as if everyone knows what you know
  14. 14. 14 6 Can’t stand those constant weather changes anymore!
  15. 15. 15 The only constant in the world is change6 Isn’t what Agile is all about? ;-) Learn to deal with options. Get rid of the ones that don’t work, try new things. Accept changes as new challenges
  16. 16. 16 7 How can you be sure it’s the right direction? Because I said so!
  17. 17. 17 The only true authority stems from knowledge, not from position7 Position is not knowledge! Eat your own dogma food! Practice, cultivate knowledge! Knowledge engenders authority, and authority engenders respect
  18. 18. “We are the innovators of our process. Learn what works for others, prove it for our self, innovate beyond.” Roy “Woody” Zuill 18 7
  19. 19. 19 8 Ok, ok! Stop this, you won!
  20. 20. 20 Fight for what you believe, but gracefully accept defeat8 Your ideas won’t win every time! Accept that they can be overruled. (and even if you were right at the end, do not keep on saying « I told you so »)
  21. 21. 21 9 I’d better do this myself… and ALONE!
  22. 22. 22 Don't be "the guy in the room."9 Don’t be “the coder in the corner” Working alone gets you out of the continuous team improvement process “You’ve been misled: If you wanted a job avoiding people, personal relationships - software development is not it.” - Bob Marshall
  23. 23. 23 10 The one who wrote this piece of code is the dumbest people on earth!
  24. 24. 24 Critique code instead of people – be kind to the coder, not to the code10 Works well with number 2 & 4! Don’t be aggressive, but constructive. Be positive, explain why this code should be changed.
  25. 25. Best of Science 25 And remember…
  26. 26. 26 Capisce?
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