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- don't only worry about code or getting features shipped, but about the process, how to deliver quality.

- behind any given reason, there is a complex network of real reasons. You don't need to second-guess any decision/order/suggestion, but it helps understanding.

- most user stories / user requests are raw diamonds waiting to be polished. ("What do they really want me to solve")

Essential reading list:

- Clean Coder and Clean Code https://www.amazon.com/Clean-Code-Handbook-Software-Craftsma... https://www.amazon.com/Clean-Coder-Conduct-Professional-Prog...

- Test Driven Development by Kent Beck https://www.amazon.com/Test-Driven-Development-Kent-Beck/dp/...

I really didn't enjoy the clean coder. There was a strong feeling of "Management is trying to screw you over, this is how to protect yourself from them". If your really working in that environment, you should probably just leave rather than having to resort to tricks and techniques to manage management. There seemed to be some other silly advice (I.E. I used to listen to music and code until 4AM and then not remember what I wrote. Clearly the music was to blame.)

I'm sure that Rob is a great employee, and the book does have a few good points, but I'm not sure I took away a whole lot from it.

interesting, reading your comment, I would never guess that we are speaking about the same book. I found it to be more of a guidebook to precise communication with colleagues and management.

Yes, yes and yes.

It's funny because technically, none of these three things are part of an engineer's job.

But once you do them, you start noticing how you eventually get to: - save yourself time - save your customer money - avoid unnecessary complications down the road - offer useful comments / feedback / critiques / alternatives, when need be (because you better understand the decisions made around you) - help your customer or team better understand what they really want - find yourself in a better position to transition to other roles, if you choose to

Btw, I wrote a blog article a few days ago about exactly this: http://claudiu.dragulin.com/2016/12/02/dont-just-code-solve-...

This: most user stories / user requests are raw diamonds waiting to be polished. ("What do they really want me to solve")

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