Chapter 9. The Journey

The idea of a journey is all very Zen, but we feel that it describes the fact that most engineers view self-improvement as a large motivational factor. The overall destination may be to build the perfect software and to be loved and admired by our peers. Along the way we have smaller destinations—finish a project, learn a new software tool, improve our productivity, and reduce stress levels. We also like the idea of having fellow travelers. Another important consideration we would like to emphasize is that we are still on our journey, and “perfect” is a very elusive destination, so any help from our fellow travelers would be greatly appreciated.

A project is like a journey as well; some projects can be akin to traveling uphill ...

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