The Hard Thing About Software Development | Jesse Watson | Pulse | LinkedIn


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"The most valuable asset in the software industry is the synthesis of programming skill and deep context in the business problem domain, in one skull."

"...there are an ever decreasing number of software problems that are so cut and dried that they can be tossed over a wall and implemented in isolation of business expertise."
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6 weeks ago by jhealy
This essay starts being about remote work, but then digs into why software development is hard in general. A great essay to give people who don't know much about software development, or career advice about how to level up.

It's all about context. The author coins a term, "Deep Context" to use for this idea.

Said another way, there are an ever decreasing number of software problems that are so cut and dried that they can be tossed over a wall and implemented in isolation of business expertise.

This is why the price for remote programming keeps dropping to zero. You cannot compete with on-premise talent when it comes to deep specialization in a business domain. The higher you move up the value chain in terms of your business offering, the more that the variations inherent in the business problems and technology constraints become wickedly complex.

The tough problems require spending 12 months in high-bandwidth communication within a team, close to the customer (or an excellent representative). They require forming a group mind together, getting inside the customer’s head, checking each other's assumptions, ferreting out misunderstandings. Communication, internalization, and synthesis of ideas is the hard part, not technology. The greatest risks rest with humans, not computers.
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6 weeks ago by jefframnani
The Hard Thing About Software Development
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7 weeks ago by brandizzi
The greatest misconception about sw devel is that it's a separable discipline from deep analysis of business problem
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7 weeks ago by paulhhowells
"The Hard Thing About Software Development"
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7 weeks ago by tswicegood
BOOM! Spot on, great analysis of what makes software development hard (and a bit about remote working). https://t.co/wUj66Gv16w
– Liliana Ziolek (lili_z) http://twitter.com/lili_z/status/893567096587784192
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7 weeks ago by eeichinger
most valuable asset in software dev is the synthesis of tech skill & deep context in the problem domain,in one skull
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7 weeks ago by ghukill
despite the clickbaity title (and the fact that it's published on linkedin, ugh) this actually does contain a decent amount of wisdom that is confirmed by my own experience
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8 weeks ago by trill_winds
'... programming skill in the absence of business domain knowledge is becoming increasingly worthless.'
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8 weeks ago by danyoung
I think everything he said is gibberish. I have worked with teams who planned & got things done better...
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8 weeks ago by ngpestelos
"The greatest misconception about programming is that it is separable from deep analysis of the business problem."
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9 weeks ago by ordnungswidrig
"The greatest misconception about programming is that it is separable from deep analysis of the business problem."
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9 weeks ago by ericn
Why you should aim for "deep context", and why the price for (some) remote developers is dropping to zero
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10 weeks ago by ericsuh
The most valuable asset in the software industry is the synthesis of programming skill and deep context in the business problem domain, in one skull.
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10 weeks ago by JohnDeHope3
despite the clickbaity title (and the fact that it's published on linkedin, ugh) this actually does contain a decent amount of wisdom that is confirmed by my own experience
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10 weeks ago by absfac
"Communication, internalization, and synthesis of ideas is the hard part, not technology."
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10 weeks ago by adamghill
I call it the "One Skull Rule": "The most valuable asset in the software industry is the synthesis of programming skill and deep context in the business problem domain, in one skull." (Software Development Manager at Amazon Fulfillment Technologies)
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10 weeks ago by nicolashery