Craig Kills off an entire generation

Craig posts his thoughts on The Death of Gen Y amid the upcoming poor economic times. It’s a good read but be sure to get down to the bottom for his four key points of how to survive. These aren’t sure-fire ways to stay employed but they are good guidelines: a) Work for a company that focuses on benefits rather than features (and I would suppose that if you were a consultant, YOU would focus on benefits rather than features – but don’t consultants do that already?) b) Work for a company that invests in R&D (or invest in your …

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What companies plan their purchases strategically?

Craig Bailey posted this link on Twitter regarding Sun’s lacklustre performance last quarter – Jonathan Schwartz’s Blog: Our Q3 Choice quotes: “Why don’t you just stop giving your software away? Because we prioritize developer adoption. Let me give an example….the MySQL team had scored a design win – ahead of the proprietary competition. What should we have charged them beforehand? No matter what it was, they wouldn’t have used the product – startups and developers don’t pay for software…We didn’t pay them, the MySQL team earned their adoption.” “Why does Sun’s CEO waste time writing that blog?Because I believe in …

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On Automated vs. Human Testing

A lot of people are pointing to Joel Spolsky’s Talk at Yale: Part 1 of 3 and it’s a great read. If you read it further, I guess closer to the end of Part 1, he makes some very valuable comments on automated testing and the need for human intervention, using Vista as an example: Speaking of the old approach to testing – “they spent a lot of time making sure that the user interface was consistent from one part of the product to another, because a consistent user interface is easier to use than an inconsistent one.” And because …

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