I N D U S T RY OV E RV I E W                                               Joel Spolsky                           co-found...
Assumption OneSaturday, February 2, 13
Assumption One                           You’re not doing a                           startup.Saturday, February 2, 13
Assumption One                           You’re not doing a                           startup.                           S...
Assumption TwoSaturday, February 2, 13
Assumption Two                           You’re not going to                           graduate school.Saturday, February ...
Assumption Two                           You’re not going to                           graduate school.                   ...
Assumption TwoSaturday, February 2, 13
Assumption TwoSaturday, February 2, 13
Assumption Two                           You’re not going to                           graduate school.                   ...
Assumption Two                           You’re not going to                           graduate school.                   ...
Assumption Two                           You’re not going to                           graduate school.                   ...
Assumption ThreeSaturday, February 2, 13
Assumption Three                           You can work anywhere.Saturday, February 2, 13
Assumption Three                           You can work anywhere.                           Not just at companies that    ...
Assumption Three                           You can work anywhere.                           Not just at companies that    ...
9 EASY QUESTIONS                  that you should ask about any job before you take itSaturday, February 2, 13
1 Who will use my code?Saturday, February 2, 13
1 Who will use my code?                           Internal code is an                           expense.Saturday, February...
1 Who will use my code?                           Internal code is an                           expense.                  ...
1 Who will use my code?                           Internal code is an                           expense.                  ...
1 Who will use my code?Saturday, February 2, 13
1 Who will use my code?                           It’s better to work on the                           company’s actual pr...
1 Who will use my code?                           It’s better to work on the                           company’s actual pr...
1 Who will use my code?                           It’s better to work on the                           company’s actual pr...
2 Is my boss a programmer?Saturday, February 2, 13
2 Is my boss a programmer?                           You’ll learn more.Saturday, February 2, 13
2 Is my boss a programmer?                           You’ll learn more.                           Your boss won’t drive yo...
3 Do I have a quiet place to        work?Saturday, February 2, 13
3 Do I have a quiet place to        work?                           You’ll get more done.Saturday, February 2, 13
3 Do I have a quiet place to        work?                           You’ll get more done.                           It’s a...
4 Can I have two 30-inch        monitors?Saturday, February 2, 13
4 Can I have two 30-inch        monitors?                           You’ll get more done.Saturday, February 2, 13
4 Can I have two 30-inch        monitors?                           You’ll get more done.                           It’s a...
5 Did I write code during the        interview?Saturday, February 2, 13
5 Did I write code during the        interview?                           No other way to prove that                      ...
5 Did I write code during the        interview?                           No other way to prove that                      ...
5 Did I write code during the        interview?                           No other way to prove that                      ...
6 Where’s the spec?Saturday, February 2, 13
6 Where’s the spec?                           It’s easier to change a                           design than change code.Sa...
6 Where’s the spec?                           It’s easier to change a                           design than change code.  ...
6 Where’s the spec?                           It’s easier to change a                           design than change code.  ...
7 What’s the schedule?Saturday, February 2, 13
7 What’s the schedule?                           Pro developers keep                           schedules so they don’t    ...
7 What’s the schedule?                           Pro developers keep                           schedules so they don’t    ...
8 Do you use version        control?Saturday, February 2, 13
8 Do you use version        control?                           This is like asking if                           surgeons w...
8 Do you use version        control?                           This is like asking if                           surgeons w...
9 Can you build and deploy        with one click?Saturday, February 2, 13
9 Can you build and deploy        with one click?                           Build and deploy is 100%                      ...
9 Can you build and deploy        with one click?                           Build and deploy is 100%                      ...
Important!Saturday, February 2, 13
Important!                           Don’t listen to your                           parentsSaturday, February 2, 13
Important!                           Don’t listen to your                           parents                           Don’...
Important!                           Don’t listen to your                           parents                           Don’...
Important!Saturday, February 2, 13
Important!                           Startups and small                           companies are great places              ...
Important!                           Startups and small                           companies are great places              ...
Important!                           Startups and small                           companies are great places              ...
T H A N K YO U                           now you must follow me on twitter!                                               ...
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  1. 1. I N D U S T RY OV E RV I E W Joel Spolsky co-founder and CEO, Stack Exchange co-founder, Fog Creek SoftwareSaturday, February 2, 13
  2. 2. Assumption OneSaturday, February 2, 13
  3. 3. Assumption One You’re not doing a startup.Saturday, February 2, 13
  4. 4. Assumption One You’re not doing a startup. Startups are for crazy people.Saturday, February 2, 13
  5. 5. Assumption TwoSaturday, February 2, 13
  6. 6. Assumption Two You’re not going to graduate school.Saturday, February 2, 13
  7. 7. Assumption Two You’re not going to graduate school. It’s a waste of time and money.Saturday, February 2, 13
  8. 8. Assumption TwoSaturday, February 2, 13
  9. 9. Assumption TwoSaturday, February 2, 13
  10. 10. Assumption Two You’re not going to graduate school. If you already have a Bachelors degree in CS, a graduate degree is an expensive waste of time.Saturday, February 2, 13
  11. 11. Assumption Two You’re not going to graduate school. If you already have a Bachelors degree in CS, a graduate degree is an expensive waste of time.*Saturday, February 2, 13
  12. 12. Assumption Two You’re not going to graduate school. If you already have a Bachelors degree in CS, a graduate degree is an expensive waste of time.* *unless you want to be a profSaturday, February 2, 13
  13. 13. Assumption ThreeSaturday, February 2, 13
  14. 14. Assumption Three You can work anywhere.Saturday, February 2, 13
  15. 15. Assumption Three You can work anywhere. Not just at companies that go to career fairs.Saturday, February 2, 13
  16. 16. Assumption Three You can work anywhere. Not just at companies that go to career fairs. Or on-campus interviewing.Saturday, February 2, 13
  17. 17. 9 EASY QUESTIONS that you should ask about any job before you take itSaturday, February 2, 13
  18. 18. 1 Who will use my code?Saturday, February 2, 13
  19. 19. 1 Who will use my code? Internal code is an expense.Saturday, February 2, 13
  20. 20. 1 Who will use my code? Internal code is an expense. Companies like to minimize expenses.Saturday, February 2, 13
  21. 21. 1 Who will use my code? Internal code is an expense. Companies like to minimize expenses. Ergo, internal code tends to suck.Saturday, February 2, 13
  22. 22. 1 Who will use my code?Saturday, February 2, 13
  23. 23. 1 Who will use my code? It’s better to work on the company’s actual product.Saturday, February 2, 13
  24. 24. 1 Who will use my code? It’s better to work on the company’s actual product. You’ll be making money, not costing money.Saturday, February 2, 13
  25. 25. 1 Who will use my code? It’s better to work on the company’s actual product. You’ll be making money, not costing money. You’ll be friends with the CEO.Saturday, February 2, 13
  26. 26. 2 Is my boss a programmer?Saturday, February 2, 13
  27. 27. 2 Is my boss a programmer? You’ll learn more.Saturday, February 2, 13
  28. 28. 2 Is my boss a programmer? You’ll learn more. Your boss won’t drive you crazy by being clueless about code.Saturday, February 2, 13
  29. 29. 3 Do I have a quiet place to work?Saturday, February 2, 13
  30. 30. 3 Do I have a quiet place to work? You’ll get more done.Saturday, February 2, 13
  31. 31. 3 Do I have a quiet place to work? You’ll get more done. It’s a sign that the company cares about developers.Saturday, February 2, 13
  32. 32. 4 Can I have two 30-inch monitors?Saturday, February 2, 13
  33. 33. 4 Can I have two 30-inch monitors? You’ll get more done.Saturday, February 2, 13
  34. 34. 4 Can I have two 30-inch monitors? You’ll get more done. It’s a sign that the company cares about developers.Saturday, February 2, 13
  35. 35. 5 Did I write code during the interview?Saturday, February 2, 13
  36. 36. 5 Did I write code during the interview? No other way to prove that you can do it.Saturday, February 2, 13
  37. 37. 5 Did I write code during the interview? No other way to prove that you can do it. If you didn’t, you’ll have co-workers who can’t write code at all.Saturday, February 2, 13
  38. 38. 5 Did I write code during the interview? No other way to prove that you can do it. If you didn’t, you’ll have co-workers who can’t write code at all. That sucks.Saturday, February 2, 13
  39. 39. 6 Where’s the spec?Saturday, February 2, 13
  40. 40. 6 Where’s the spec? It’s easier to change a design than change code.Saturday, February 2, 13
  41. 41. 6 Where’s the spec? It’s easier to change a design than change code. Teams that don’t design first waste a lot of time.Saturday, February 2, 13
  42. 42. 6 Where’s the spec? It’s easier to change a design than change code. Teams that don’t design first waste a lot of time. And their products suck.Saturday, February 2, 13
  43. 43. 7 What’s the schedule?Saturday, February 2, 13
  44. 44. 7 What’s the schedule? Pro developers keep schedules so they don’t waste time on dumb features.Saturday, February 2, 13
  45. 45. 7 What’s the schedule? Pro developers keep schedules so they don’t waste time on dumb features. They prevent death marches and 80 hour weeks.Saturday, February 2, 13
  46. 46. 8 Do you use version control?Saturday, February 2, 13
  47. 47. 8 Do you use version control? This is like asking if surgeons wash their hands.Saturday, February 2, 13
  48. 48. 8 Do you use version control? This is like asking if surgeons wash their hands. “Germs, ever heard of them?”Saturday, February 2, 13
  49. 49. 9 Can you build and deploy with one click?Saturday, February 2, 13
  50. 50. 9 Can you build and deploy with one click? Build and deploy is 100% scriptable.Saturday, February 2, 13
  51. 51. 9 Can you build and deploy with one click? Build and deploy is 100% scriptable. If they didn’t automate it, they’re not real programmers.Saturday, February 2, 13
  52. 52. Important!Saturday, February 2, 13
  53. 53. Important! Don’t listen to your parentsSaturday, February 2, 13
  54. 54. Important! Don’t listen to your parents Don’t listen to your friendsSaturday, February 2, 13
  55. 55. Important! Don’t listen to your parents Don’t listen to your friends Don’t listen to the voices in your headSaturday, February 2, 13
  56. 56. Important!Saturday, February 2, 13
  57. 57. Important! Startups and small companies are great places to workSaturday, February 2, 13
  58. 58. Important! Startups and small companies are great places to work Stick to product companiesSaturday, February 2, 13
  59. 59. Important! Startups and small companies are great places to work Stick to product companies Never take a job with a dress codeSaturday, February 2, 13
  60. 60. T H A N K YO U now you must follow me on twitter! @spolskySaturday, February 2, 13

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