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This book is about creating a remarkable career in software development. In most cases, remarkable careers don’t come by chance. They require thought, intention, action, and a willingness to change course when you’ve made mistakes. Most of us have been stumbling around letting our careers take us where they may. It’s time to take control. This revised and updated second edition lays out a strategy for planning and creating a radically successful life in software development.

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About this Book

  • 232 pages
  • Published:
  • Release: P7.0 (2014-03-28)
  • ISBN: 978-1-93435-634-0

Success in today’s IT environment requires you to view your career as a business endeavor. In this book, you’ll learn how to become an entrepreneur, driving your career in the direction of your choosing. You’ll learn how to build your software development career step by step, following the same path that you would follow if you were building, marketing, and selling a product. After all, your skills themselves are a product.

The choices you make about which technologies to focus on and which business domains to master have at least as much impact on your success as your technical knowledge itself—don’t let those choices be accidental. We’ll walk through all aspects of the decision-making process, so you can ensure that you’re investing your time and energy in the right areas.

You’ll develop a structured plan for keeping your mind engaged and your skills fresh. You’ll learn how to assess your skills in terms of where they fit on the value chain, driving you away from commodity skills and toward those that are in high demand. Through a mix of high-level, thought-provoking essays and tactical “Act on It” sections, you will come away with concrete plans you can put into action immediately. This new edition focuses more closely on creating a remarkable career. You’ll get a chance to read the perspectives of several highly successful members of our industry from a variety of career paths, and new tips have been added through the book to reflect new lessons to learn and new actions to take to improve your career.

As with any product or service, if nobody knows what you’re selling, nobody will buy. We’ll walk through the often-neglected world of marketing, and you’ll create a plan to market yourself both inside your company and to the industry in general.

Above all, you’ll see how you can set the direction of your career, leading to a more fulfilling and remarkable professional life.

(The first edition of this book was released as My Job Went to India: 52 Ways To Save Your Job).

Contents and Extracts

Full Table of Contents

  • Introduction extract
  • Choosing Your Market
    • Be the Worst extract
    • Invest in Your Intelligence extract
  • Investing in Your Product
  • Executing
  • Marketing…Not Just for Suits
  • Maintaining Your Edge
    • Avoid Waterfall Career Planning extract
    • Better Than Yesterday extract

About the Author

Chad Fowler is an internationally known software developer, trainer, manager, speaker, and musician. Over the past decade he has worked with some of the world’s largest companies and most admired software developers. He loves to program computers and, as part of his role as CTO of InfoEther, Inc., spends much of his time solving hard problems for customers in the Ruby language. He is co-organizer of RubyConf, RailsConf, and RailsConf Europe and author or co-author of a number of popular software books.

Upcoming Author Events

  • 2014-11-03: Chad Fowler
    Keynote at CodeMesh (London, England)

Comments and Reviews

  • Simon Clarke, CEng FBCS CITP said:

    (Rated 9/10) This is an enjoyable and well-produced guide to realistic careers in software development. Given the level of insight, the book is good value for money. I highly recommend it.

    British Computer Society
  • Chad Fowler presents a set of no-nonsense heuristics, disciplines, and attitudes that will teach you how to respect and love your profession—and be great at it.

    —Bob Martin President Object Mentor, Inc.
  • Bruce Langenbach said:

    This book is solid GOLD! There may be hope for our “unprofession” after all! More power to you!

    Independent Agile Software Entrepreneur and Passionate IT Consultant

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