Some words

Here are some of my favorite words.

Signs of danger

  • ‘Just’: bad word, as in “can’t we just develop the greatest application ever”, “can’t we just replace the database with JavaSpaces”, “can’t we just expose the functionality to the world as a web service”.
  • ‘Should’: bad word, as in “it shouldn’t take more than a few days to do that, should it,” “integrating two systems should be easy.” Listen for use of this word from people who … should know better.

Signs of thought

  • ‘Awkward’: good word as in “It’s awkward to talk to your boss (who has way more experience than you do) about teaching her agile programming.”
  • ‘Why’: good word, as in “why do you need to pass two parameters to this function?”, “why are we developing a login screen”, or “why did my change cause troubles for my colleague?”

About Johannes Brodwall

Johannes is Principal Software Engineer in SopraSteria. In his spare time he likes to coach teams and developers on better coding, collaboration, planning and product understanding.
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