Many ways of looking at Software development, from software cults to software fashion

I think of a Software Engineer as
: professional who work in computer programming.

Computer programming
a mix of science and techne / craftsmanship founded in knowledge and discovery of principles, direct experience, exploration and experimentation, mastery, sharing of ideas and insights, empirical evidences, proven facts, good arguments

A passionate and engaged Software Engineer:

  • often participate in and actively contribute and belong to some computer programming communities. Too much can lead to software cult
    Software Cult is about believing in something as opposed to having observed, sensed, experienced it hands-on directly

  • trust well recognized thinkers and professionals that contributed with significant advancements in computer programming. Too much can lead to software superstition
    Software Superstition is about counting on unproven cause-effect relationships as opposed to empirical evidences, proven facts,real data and reality

  • understood that nowadays challenges require contributions from a large group of diverse people and skills and experiences. Too much can lead to software politic
    Software Politic is about searching consensus for your owns ideas and searching for followers and fans as opposed to searching for concrete solutions that actually works well enough in real projects

  • is extremely curious about new technologies and breakthrough. Too much can lead to software fashion
    Software Fashion is about pursuing the latest trends as opposed to developing mastery in one area and further develop useful evolutions in that area

  • learned the power of communication and that people love to have fun at work. Too much can lead to software advertising
    Software Advertising is when tools vendors and consultants promote themselves with entertaining performances and occasionally with smoke&mirrors as opposed to having meaningful discussions, sharing valuable content and great insights

The recent renewed interest on social and soft skills and the intense interactions in social networks amplify all these  possibilities in many directions.

I like to think of a Software Engineer as someone who: in some degree look at computer programming from a variety of points of view, as a useful characteristic of human nature, while keeping an healthy balance between social and soft skills, intense interactions, detached professional approach, solid knowledge, deep theory understanding, practical experience and mastery.

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Print | posted @ giovedì 24 maggio 2012 12:41

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Gravatar # re: Many ways of looking at Software development, from software religions to computers programming
by LudovicoVan at 24/05/2012 19:25

Indeed, there is more to programming than just programming. And, of course, soft skills are very import, assuming one has got the hard ones to begin with.

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