Friday, December 19, 2008

Letting Your Developers Excel

As every developer knows, it's hard to soar with the eagles when you're surrounded by turkeys.  And by turkeys I don't mean your cow-orkers, but your environment.

As 37signals, and Jeff Atwood describe, a workplace that doesn't trust you, or won't provide necessary equipment won't let you achieve your best.

Now, it's hard to make your bosses extend more trust to you, but you can gain some of the same effects by skunkworking your situation - firewall your development environment from management; extend your estimates a little; frame the dialog with management in your terms - ask what they want as the end result, not how they want it done.

Budgets make technology stuff harder, but use Jeff's numbers to show how quickly your purchases will pay for themselves - show your compile times, the time spent switching workspaces instead of having 2 monitors, and show how the better equipment will help them.

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