Useful Habit: Put the Project and the Customer Ahead of Your Personal Interests

In I. M. Wrights’s Hard Code columns, Nailing the Nominals and Green Fields Are Full of Maggots, you will find a case to watch out for the changes that are needed in your development approach when your codebase is greater than 100K LOC. I think he is correct. Of course, Eric knows that there is no hard cutoff between programming in the small and programming in the large.

I’m most interested in developing and teaching those habits that are useful all along the programming in the small to the programming in the large continuum.

Here’s a habit for software engineers to start with from Nailing the Nominals: put the project and the customer ahead of your personal interests.

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