re: What would you like people to know about programming? VIEW POST


I'll suggest a couple of soft-ish skills that are poorly taught in my experience:

  • evolution, not perfection: knowing when something is 'good enough' for now (which depends on a number of other variables, like the subject domain - medical anyone?, risk appetite and delivery needs) then knowing when/why to re-visit those earlier decisions.
  • understanding risk: in both technical terms (like infosec risk / OWASP) and business terms (like business continuity plans / contract terms - SLAs).

Business risk is unfortunately overlooked by a lot of developers (and I mean not just coders, but everybody in the company). It creates tension when not everybody is aware of the obstacles.

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