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  • How to protect yourself from the creeps (part 1)

    If you are involved in a programming project, sooner or later you will hear about creep – scope creep, that is. Typically, the conversation happens about half-way through the project, and it is an ugly feeling.

    You: It is important that the system include the [abc] functionality.

    Programmer: [ABC] feature wasn’t included in the proposal/requirements/design that you approved, so this is scope creep. Pay me more money for this feature.

    You (mumbling): Now I know who the creep is!

    This is a very common problem – more common than any of us would like to admit. And it can leave ...

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  • Where are all the good programmers hiding?

    One of the biggest challenges in hiring a programmer (for a single project or as an employee) is finding them. If you are not technical, you don’t hang out in newsgroups where programmers chat about all things geek. So, where do you look?

    Use your network! Ask your friends, relatives, colleagues, and acquaintances. Do they know a programmer who they have worked with in the past? Do they know someone who knows someone? Just like hiring a building contractor, referrals are the best way to find a programmer.

    Related to this, what about your LinkedIn profile? Even if you have only a ...

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  • What everyone should know about bugs

    If you have never worked on a software development project before, you may be completely shocked during the first testing session. I guarantee that you will find a bug in the system within the first hour. In fact, you are likely to find something you didn't expect in the first 10 minutes.

    This may trigger a panic attack in you. I know exactly what you are thinking: What happened? Didn't the programmer test at all? Did we hire the wrong person? We are doomed!

    Calm down. Take a deep breath.

    Let me give you some information about software bugs that will help you ...

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