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Knowledge & Experience (13)

Goodbye, Knowledge Workers. Welcome, Creative Workers!

Peter Drucker’s knowledge workers are on their way out. Investing in knowledge and then trying to charge a good price putting this ...

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Celebrate Learning, Not Success or Failure

Some people say “You only learn from failure” or “Celebrate failure”. Other people say “Failure is overrated” or “Focus on ...

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It’s About Being Competent, Not About Being ___

I am ___. It’s not by choice. That’s how I was born. I am perfectly happy being ___. It’s no big deal. It’s just the way it is. B...

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Specialization in (Rugby) Scrums

Yesterday I did a presentation about Scrum for Level Up, a small IT organization in Delft. It was my standard talk, called the Zen of Scr...

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Reading Books in a Parallel and Non-Sequential Way

Reading many books is hard. There are so many great books to choose from, and there's too little time to read them all. And with so m...

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Professionalism = Knowledge First, Experience Last

I am an entrepid troll. I am also an idiot, stupid and an *ss. At least, that's what I've been told this week. And I'm sure t...

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Five Agile Competence Levels

I recently told you that I was trying to create "agile job descriptions". They are job desciptions that enable employees to und...

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Agile Job Descriptions

I'm in the process of reorganizing and streamlining job descriptions in our company, and now the HR manager wants me to define the di...

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Powerful Questions

The Perfect Job Interview Question

A Perfect Job Interview Question is one single question that leads to a perfect assessment of a candidate for a job. I think I have found...

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People Don’t Read

Am I the only one keeping Amazon.com alive? Or do people buy books without actually reading them? These last few weeks I received some de...

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The Slightly Above-Average Programmer

OK, ok, I admit. I'm only a slightly above-average programmer. I love writing code, and I know how hashtables work and what mutexes a...

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Why I Would Never Hire Steve Yegge

Based on what I read in Steve Yegge’s latest article ("Get that job at Google") I came to the conclusion that I would nev...

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