Author Archives: Big_GH

About Big_GH

Currently employed as a Software Development Consultant with over 30 years experience with computing. Started writing BASIC programs on the Commodore VIC 20, C64 and Amiga before switching to C and C++. Now spends more time helping others with their software and looking after the "bigger picture".

Progress – Part 1 (How things used to be)

I started as Software Development Manager about 5 years ago and I’d like to share some of the changes that have occurred since then.  Some of those changes I’ve worked hard to create, some were pushed by others within the … Continue reading

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Learning from Mistakes

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone learnt from their mistakes?  Well, I like to think I’m a glass half full sort of person, so I believe that people do learn from their mistakes.  However, what happens when they don’t realise … Continue reading

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The True Cost of Developing Software

How much does it cost to develop software? I remember in my early days of software development I worked for an outsourced software development company and we followed a Waterfall approach to software development.  We had neat phases that we … Continue reading

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My First Computer

One of my favourite interview questions is asking how long someone has been interested in computers. Someone with a long-term interest will usually be more motivated to learn and improve, i.e. the sort of person I want to work with. … Continue reading

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Planning Genius or Stupidity?

Here’s a little story of a project I was recently involved in. I always enjoy the chance to watch and learn from other people’s work, so with an external Project Manager I was looking forward to this one. Things started … Continue reading

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The Talent Code

I’ve recently finished reading, The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. Here’s my summary of the key points and how I think we could use these in software development. I’m a definite subscriber to the idea that the best software developers are … Continue reading

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What Makes a Good Manager?

I have worked with many managers over the years.  Some of them I have found inspirational, others absolutely unbearable, but I’ve tried to learn from them all. So, what is it that makes a good manager? Well, here’s my 5 … Continue reading

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