I saw an ad in the Sunday Boston Globe (that was how you found jobs back then) for “Bored Accountants”. Well, I was an accountant and I was definitely bored so I figured I was qualified. That was over 30 years ago, and I have never looked back. Here are a few lessons I learned the hard way.
When I began my career, the rules of software development were still being formulated and developing software was considered an engineering task, but a structured development process was needed. I believed developing software was more of a creative process. I would sketch out what I wanted the software to do and then develop the key components to create the “golden thread” to see how the components would work together.