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Software Project Stories

Behind-the-scenes stories about real software projects I’ve been on can teach you how different software companies can be – and what never changes.

I share behind-the-team insights about politics, technology challenges, and the crazy things that happen on projects.

Rather than browse these posts individually, you can also check out my page I dedicated to my stories!

It’s full of more information about each story in the context of my overall software development career.

Maybe this will help you see your current struggles can change and lead you in interesting directions over time if you hang in there!

All Content about Software Project Stories

Coding with Liars: A Masterclass in Surviving Corporate Politics Thumbnail
The Inconceivable Politics of My First Software Project

May 24, 2022 | 29:16

The first software project of my career was a masterclass in surviving corporate politics that I’ll never forget. Writing code was the least of my problems!

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3 Embarrassing Stories From My Software Development Career

March 1, 2019 | 13:02

Have a little fun by hearing three stories of times I made embarrassing moves I’ll never forget in my software development career.

I Quit My Software Project To Stay Healthy
I Quit My Software Project To Get Healthy!

February 12, 2019 | 19:34

Have you ever had to quit a good software project…because you figured out you weren’t going to be successful in your role? I did – here’s the story.

Scrum Got People Fired
Scrum Got 3 People Fired From A Software Project!

July 20, 2018 | 11:37

Blame-shifting and improper application of scrum got people fired on a software project I was on where the client was inexperienced with agile.

Webcam spying rewrote our code
They Watched Us With Webcams And Rewrote Our Code!

July 13, 2018 | 13:40

One of the most frustrating software projects I’ve been on involved webcam spying and finding the people who hired us rewrote our code!

Keep New Team Continuous Delivery
It’s Hard To Keep A New Team Doing Continuous Delivery

June 29, 2018 | 7:55

A story of how I tried to help a team use continuous delivery – only to see them stop following it after I left. It’s hard to hold teams accountable!

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We Were Hired For A Hidden Agenda

June 15, 2018 | 7:49

Ever been on a software development project where one team is putting pressure on another because of a hidden agenda? I was, and things got interesting…

Software Product Never Got Built
We Designed A Software Product That Never Got Built

June 8, 2018 | 10:16

One of the most frustrating software projects I’ve been on was when we designed a product that never got built!

Stop Learning Write Code
Know When To STOP Learning And Just Write The Code!

June 2, 2018 | 7:06

Software development draws us in with endless opportunities, but are they right for every project? There’s a time to stop learning and write code!

Software Project Help
I Got By On A Software Project With Help From My Friend

May 25, 2018 | 7:02

There’s no shame in getting help from a friend on a software project! In this episode I tell a story about how getting help was critical to my success.

A Tale Of Software Development Culture Change Gone Wrong
A Tale Of Software Development Culture Change – Gone Wrong!

May 18, 2018 | 15:28

Let me tell you a story about one of the weirder software projects I’ve been on – and how trying to change the culture went wrong.