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New Programmer's Survival Manual by Joshua D. Carter

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Tip 18Ace Your Performance Review
White Belt[​​White Belt] Your performance review isn’t for a year, but start logging your accomplishments early.

Consider the poor, hapless software manager: once a year she has to write reviews for all her employees and try to state, in objective and quantifiable terms, how they did on a job that’s intrinsically abstract.

Attempts to quantify programmer performance have never gone well. For example, the junior manager might try to measure how much code a programmer writes. During Apple’s get-it-done push to ship the Lisa computer, managers decided to track the lines of code written each week by each programmer. Bill Atkinson ...

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