Thursday, October 28, 2021

Eric Spiegel

Eric Spiegel is a Datamation contributor.

Are Interns a Developer’s Worst Nightmare?

“You want me to do what?” I was having a really good morning. I had two bowls of my favorite sugar coated cereal. My commute didn’t...

Do Developers Need Free Perks to Thrive?

“Where is the free soda?” I had just opened the fridge in the office kitchen when I blurted this out in a puzzled tone because, much...

Developers: Are You A Giver Or Taker?

Dustin walked into my office on a Monday morning looking a little disheveled, with bags under his eyes. But he also had a big grin on...

When Developer Betrays Manager, Who Really Wins?

“I will always have your back.” Driving back from a very tense meeting, Mandy, my soon-to-be lead developer, was expressing her appreciation. The windshield wipers were...

Developers vs. Managers: Five Tough Conversations

“You want to do what?!?!” Did you ever ask your manager for something and then wish you hadn’t?  I have: I thought asking for a vacation...

Five Reasons Developers Resist Change

Oh no, not again! Our division director was explaining yet another reorganization to the staff. All I could think was, here we go again. Same mistakes, different...

When Developers Work for a Scrooge

“He is a bleeping Scrooge!” I was complaining to my cube-mate Stan about our manager – only I didn’t use “bleeping.” There was never much of...

Why Developers Hate Team Building

“You can’t make me go.” Our software development team was sitting around the large conference room table for our weekly team meeting. Jared just matter-of-factly made...

How to REALLY Survive Your First Year as a Developer

Also see: Developers: Understanding Your Idiot Manager “This must be a joke!” Those were the words I was thinking as I was going through the usual junk...

Tech Careers: The Perils of Office Romances

My office mate Jerry was admiring the newest software developer hired into our merry band of techies. She was the second female in the group,...

Disastrous Developer Lunch Interviews: 10 Tips to Avoid Them

“I’ll have a beer.” Then I felt the eyes on me. All four of them. Two from my potential peer and two from my potential boss. I...

When Developers Are Afraid To Try Something New

“You really need to come out of the dark ages of software development.” I was vigorously rubbing my temple as Jenna went on and on about...

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