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March 08, 2010


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Dan Hestand


I would add that there is a third thing needed for "less suck" and that is a willingness for practitioners to get beyond the petty siege mentalities that create much of the suck and get on with just doing a good job. Soldiers may not get along with each other in their offtime but when facing the enemy, that gets put aside to achieve the greater good/goal as part of "embracing the suck." Similarly, software engineers, architects, IT professionals, computer scientists, and managers need to get beyond the protection of a job and control and get to focusing on achieving the greater good of a successful business. That change in focus will, IMHO, result in far less suck!

Just my 2p worth...



With a whole lot of trips 'around the block', I'm pretty sure that "get on with just doing a good job" is a lot of the issues at hand. Clearly, I've found my share of 'crazies' -- but the more you dig into what their issues are, it's almost always related to them being 'prevented' from doing their job.

In listening to stories from a return soldier, I'd say the military is doing a far better job of finding ways to help the troops do their job than IT.

"achieving the greater good of a successful business"? To what end? I've seen deathmarch, after deathmarch for projects that were discarded the next month.

At some point you have to believe that you're being asked to go to battle for a purpose and that the leadership is supporting your efforts. I'm not sure that's the predominant "soup of the day".

I think there's a lot of 'suck it up' fatigue out there.

But on the flip side, it's a far cry from being in a coal mine all day, or in the heat of the desert sun, so you may still have a point.

Lyn: My trips around the block lately have been on the 'front' and not as much on the 'back' so I'm thankful for the XML database insights you've provided here. Sounds like some of the things we've been 'waiting' for are finally coming to bear.

Data Redundancy


This is one of the most interesting blogs I've read in ages. Keep up the good work.


Thanks for this informative post. I think bank end coding is the most crucial. Database management is the most important thing.........

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