I’m Jim Grey. I’ve made my living in the software industry since 1989. I wrote code a very long time ago, but have built my career on testing, technical writing, and managing releases, projects, and people.
When you’ve been delivering software as long as I have, you’re bound to have learned a few things and have formed some opinions. Now, my opinions come from years of delivering business software products. This is different from delivering software to internal users (I’ve done a little of that, actually) or to consumers (which I’ve finally done, at my current company). But software delivery has more in common even among these three different kinds of users than it has to manufacturing or to flipping burgers. So whatever kind of software you make, I think you’ll find some value here. And I hope you’ll share your perspectives with me in the comments.
I post here as often as I have something to say. If you’d like to read more of my writing on other topics, check out my main blog, Down the Road. I post there six days a week.
I write this blog on my own time, with no compensation from any employer or third party. What I write here reflects my opinions and positions. If any of my past or present employers hold those opinions and positions too, then clearly they are brilliant — but it’s only coincidence. I do not speak for any of those employers. My current employer is Angie’s List.
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