My dad… Creating Solutions

My dad, who is long gone, was once a musician in life.    Now, I say that because, in my role as Enterprise Architect, I considered the challenge that creating a large enterprise solution was like assembling a diverse set of people and handing them musical instruments.   “Hey you over there,  you look like a Tuba guy!”     I’m sure you can imagine the first rehearsal where a group of strangers begins to play.    “The Music Man” is a delightful Broadway musical which comes to mind.    But, in returning to my dad…   He spent his life playing…   He had a musical gig on the day he died in his eighties.    Here’s the core point.    My dad would be hired, typically because they needed a Clarinet or a Bass player.    However,  he could play a lot of instruments and he could fit into Drums, Flute, Sax…    Lots of talent.     That’s also the challenge of finding solution developers in today’s agile high paced world.      I’d suggest, that the job requirements always have a very specific list of technologies but the reality of creating a solution is that you needed a lot of flexibility to collaborate and the leadership to contribute and drive a solution forward.

Developer’s Career Guide

There is a discussion on Linkedin about the hiring process.  The core idea is that it is broken.    Here’s some great advice on the HIRING process. I am not affiliated with this product in any way. This is a super book. Additionally, the author provides a free kit, full of videos and spreadsheets which help to create an industrial approach to pro career management. (edited)

Good enough is not Good Enough

I happened across this document when looking in my storage and I love the ideas.    The rest of the story… is that I received a small pamphlet when I began my first serious job at Prentice-Hall Publishers.    The year was 1975.    I carried the pamphlet around for many years and as many things in life, I eventually misplaced it, but not before I took the key points and entered them into a Word doc.


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