Skills for Software Smokejumpers

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Do you know about smokejumpers? They're brave, self-sufficient firefighters who parachute into remote areas wearing eighty pounds of gear and ready to fight a forest fire. If the jump goes well, they land safely. After extinguishing the fire, they may have a ten-mile hike out. It's not a job for the faint of heart, slow of mind, or weak of back. Have you considered that you may be a smokejumper?

Communication Disconnects

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"Why doesn't my manager listen when I explain the details?" "Why doesn't the developer just give me what I ask for?" If you’ve ever heard these complaints—or made them--you’re not alone. Questions like these are a symptom of a communication disconnect.

A Multi-use Model

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Models are like kitchen utensils. You need a variety of them, and you should know when and how to use them. They should be useful for more than a single task. I recently started exploring the first explicit model I learned years ago.