1. Say no to pair programming. It’s not only completely wasted time, it’s psychologically harmful. I have been diagnosed with PTSD as a result of a single session in 2009.

2. Testing one’s own work is merely a start; we all have blind spots in development and the same ones will show up in testing. Code reviews are formatting quibbles, pull requests are nearly useless. A company without a QA team at least as staffed as the development team isn’t serious.

3. Plan your work. Anything larger than Hello World should have requirements and functional specifications; writing these will engage your organizational mind, never accept work from a client who wants to skip this step.

American Software Developer living in Vietnam. Classical musician (guitar, woodwinds), weightlifter, multilingual, misanthrope • XY

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store