Don’t share your hobby projects for the wrong reasons

There is a consistent thread in my career, other than not having been fired from a project since 2001. It is the repeated failure to carry an Open-Source project that deserves to be called more than an amateur attempt. I throw in the towel. I’m not going to breathe new life into my Hibernate-killing polyglot ORM framework for the JVM. And if I do, I won’t share it with the world. I have given up and given in, and I know exactly why it happened – or rather didn’t happen.

We’ve all heard and probably repeat the claim that any serious developer should boast an impressive portfolio of Open-Source work. I’m not talking about being a core contributor to the likes of Spring or the Apache foundation. If that were a prerequisite to landing a job, I think few of us would work at all. I mean the thousands of one-man-band projects out there on github in varying stages of abandonment. Merely showing your job is also your hobby doesn’t make you special.

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Agile is never a recipe for creativity

In some of my recent posts on Agile I voiced my excitement and support for the Agile 2 movement. Indeed, after many years in software a breath of fresh air can still get me motivated. Agile 2 has given a renewed incentive to everyone’s favorite waste of time: quarreling in comment threads about the True interpretation of the Agile Path. “Folks, can we please stop going around in circles. Agile is perfectly straightforward if you do it our way. Just come back from the Dark Side and get certified with us”.

Forgive my tongue in cheek. Disagreement is not a waste of time. It’s the foundation of any democratic process. Software projects are still being scrapped midway or delivered with huge overruns, and Agile has notbrought us the magic bullet. Have you not been involved in those projects, or been partly responsible? We still haven’t found what we’re looking for, as Bono sang. Every proposal to improve out methods, from modest to maverick, deserves to be heard.

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