On Being A Senior Engineer
— This seems a hard read at first: much ado about nothing that is not really worth the time. I almost abandoned it the first time, but then, started over. It is a subject I don’t often hear about, and I’m glad Avdi Grim shared it.
While I may not agree with every idea in this article, if I’d have to pick one that made me stop and think, it’s this one about making estimates:
> Promises, schedules, and estimates are necessary and important instruments in a well-ordered business. Many engineers fail to realize this, or habitually try to dodge the irksome responsibility for making commitments. You must make promises based upon your own estimates for the part of the job for which you are responsible, together with estimates obtained from contributing departments for their parts. No one should be allowed to avoid the issue by the old formula, “I can’t give a promise because it depends upon so many uncertain factors.”#senior #software #engineer #sigavdihttp://www.kitchensoap.com/2012/10/25/on-being-a-senior-engineer/