Software Craftsmanship

Thanks to Uncle Bob I found the Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship. Is is built on top of the Agile Manifesto. Since it is short I will, repeat it here:

Not only working software, but also well-crafted software
Not only responding to change, but also steadily adding value
Not only individuals and interactions, but also a community of professionals
Not only customer collaboration, but also productive

After reading and signing it, my mind brought me back to my job. This week was especially challenging. A system I inherited had several production issues. I did not ask for the system, nor do I respect it. This attitude has led me to treat it with disdain and thus not do my best on it. I let my guard down and did everything I know to be bad practice (e.g. no unit tests, large methods & classes) just because the code base was in the same vain.

The first item above struck a cord with me. I had working software, but poorly crafted. It led to a stressful week for me when I could have done better and prevented the problems. I often find myself in situations that appear to be no win. All my friends and colleagues agree with me. What I fail to do is realize this simple truth:

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
Maya Angelou

I am going to attempt to stop complaining about the hand dealt to me and strive to do my best . This will hopefully lead me to achieve the goals in this manifesto. I will also try not to enable those around me to adopt the same SSDD attitude that leads them to do poor work. I know I will fail more than I succeed, but it is nice to write it down and join a large group of other similarly minded folk.

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