The Software Craftsman, Chapter 7 & 8

For this week, I read Chapter 7 Technical Practice and Chapter 8 The Long Road, from the book title The Software Craftsman by Sandro Mancuso. Chapter 7 explains adoption of extreme programming (XP) like Test-Driven Development (TDD), pair programming, refactoring, simple design, and continuous integration. Chapter 8 explains how to approach job choice and what it takes to have a job/career where you would be happy.

In chapter 7, the author describes and explains all aspects of extreme programming. For example, Test-Driven Development (TDD), pair programming, refactoring, simple design, and continuous integration etc. The best thing that I learn from this chapter was when the author states “Being pragmatic is one of the best quality that a software craftsman can have.” This explains that professionals are not limited to following certain practices and processes where they would always receive optimum results. But rather, as professionals we need to keep looking and searching for ways of doing our jobs better and satisfying the needs of our customers. Whatever it takes, at the end of the day what matters are happy clients. We should follow any practice that we believe will give us this result and we should be accountable for whatever decision we make and always take responsibility for the outcomes.

In chapter 8, I like when the author breaks down job choice base on three criteria: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Craftsman must look and consider these three things before choosing a job. I believe that this is a good criteria to have, but to be able to choose based on these criteria, individual needs to overcome a lot of obstacle and challenges. You need tremendous focus and determination in order to excel and expand your knowledge and skills.

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