The proof is in the profit.

A blog is often like an interior monologue. I feel I need to put a few things down, even if its just so I can read it over a year down the line and see how naive I was/still am.A pretty good measure of success is profit. Be that profit, money, time, love(?). If you get lots of something good back from what you do, it means you’re doing well. (Stay with me…)

 Software engineers, are engineers, do they always look for the most ‘profit’?

 Or are they better at solving problems?

Sometimes software engineers build software to make money, sometimes to streamline a process, sometimes just because they can’t be sacked. Making money is where the real test lays, you have to be clever and smart to make money, they aren’t the same thing. Engineers are generally clever, they can deal with complicated ideas/concepts, simplify solutions, but are they as smart? Do they understand the factors that make a solution “killer”.

Often, I feel, it is the last mile that lets most development down, lots of hard work goes into developing a solution/product, and to quote Jurassic Park “They were so busy wondering if they could, they didn’t stop to consider whether or not they should.” Feature creep, software bloating, and parts of the solution that only the person that wrote the code understand appear. The pricing model gets looked at by one person, whilst the code was looked at by 60, no one thinks to get some customers, but the solutions great right? Only in your head. Agile software development helps here, as the customer should drive the product, but far, far to often the customer is never there, the developer self diagnoses and the result isn’t so great.So, the proof isn’t in the pudding, it’s in the profit.

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3 Responses to The proof is in the profit.

  1. CK says:

    This Jurassic Park line is one of my all-time faves (admittedly I have many faves). Anyhow, it brought me to your blog and you’ve got a lot of good stuff here (liked the post on simplicity in communications, young einstein and this). Thought you’d appreciate knowing the favorable feedback — but do fill-out your ‘about page’ if you can. Well, blog on…even if it is to have an interior monologue. the rest of us enjoy listening to you talking to yourself ;-).

  2. davidjames says:

    Thank you CK, about me now filled out, the wordpress interface isnt the most intuitive in the world, or is it just me? Really do appreciate the positive feedback, glad to hear someones enjoying my self talk.

  3. milanmag says:

    As always DJ you can articulate what i’m thinking and want to say far better than I would. Great post.

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