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Mike Shoemake

Joined 8 months ago from Cumming, GA. Last activity 5 weeks ago.

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I have been a successful software developer for 20 years. I have been a part of some epic failures, and have also seen software projects that were really done the right way. In that time, some great leaders and mentors came my way and I did my best to learn everything I could from their example. I believe the key to being successful in any arena is to exist in a constant state of learning. There is always something you can do better. Maybe it's your processes, the way you interact with people, or the technologies you use. The great thing about software development is that it never stands still. This industry is constantly pushing the envelope. Walls are demolished, ceilings are broken through. As a developer and leader, I believe my responsibility is to embrace the change and be part of that--to contribute to it.

My goal here is to share what I've learned over the past 20 years in hopes that something I've learned might help someone else. Please feel free to leave a comment! I'm happy to discuss any topic. Let's learn from each other! Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Effective Merging Using Git
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    Effective Merging Using Git

    3 weeks ago

    Git has become the version control system of choice for most software developers, but do we really understand it well enough to use it effectively? You may be your own worst enemy and don't know it.

  • The Magic of Agile Swarming
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    The Magic of Agile Swarming

    6 days ago

    Does your organization seem to take much longer than it should to get things done? You balloon up your organization and it doesn't seem to get any better. What's the problem, and how do we solve it?

  • How to Improve Software Organizations
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    How to Improve Software Organizations

    6 months ago

    There are all kinds of things we could change in our software development organizations, but what changes will actually help our companies succeed? How do we actually move the needle forward?

  • Making Accurate Software Project Estimates
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    Making Accurate Software Project Estimates

    5 weeks ago

    Have you ever been on a software project that went over budget? For a lot of us, it was a recent event. Clearly we're not alone. Why is estimation such a struggle, and what can we do about it?

  • Common Leadership Anti-Patterns
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    Common Leadership Anti-Patterns

    5 months ago

    Becoming a manager can be easy; becoming a leader is more complicated. Let's look at some common leadership anti-patterns (examples of what not to do) in an effort to avoid the common pitfalls.

  • Measuring the Effectiveness of Leaders and Managers
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    Measuring the Effectiveness of Leaders and Managers

    7 months ago

    Getting a bunch of humans to move in the same direction to accomplish a goal is not as easy as it may seem. How do you know that your leaders are doing their jobs effectively?

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