2023 Archives

Nugs And Negative Failure Demand

— Category: Software Processes

In this article I’m going to take a look at software quality as a way to differentiate between junior, mid-level, and senior software engineers, through the lens of failure demand, purely so that I can introduce a new concept that I thought up on a walk today, which I’m calling negative failure demand.

Against Must-Haves (Part One)

— This is a bleet — Category: Software Processes

Categorising requirements into buckets like “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves” is a common approach to prioritisation in software projects. In my opinion, this is a bad way to priortise work, for reasons which become clear when you look at the incentives it produces.

Marketing Yourself As A Junior Engineer

— Category: Mentoring Notes

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

— Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Applying for a junior engineering position, or any job, is an exercise in marketing and sales. You are the product, and the employer is a potential customer. To market and sell anything effectively, you need to understand how the customer thinks.

In this article, I want to explore a bit of employer psychology when it comes to hiring juniors, and give some suggestions that I believe increase your chance of success.