October 16, 2009

Transfer news

Filed under: Personal — Freek Leemhuis @ 12:42 pm


Working for Logica as a consultant for the last three years has been quite a journey. For a number of reasons, (I won’t bore you with them here) I felt the need for a new challenge, and when the opportunity arose I decided to join IHomer. As of the 1st of November I will become the tenth participant of this group. Delighted as I am with this prospect, I am also sad to leave Logica. There’s some tremendously talented people there, and I have enjoyed my travels with you all.
I would like to express my gratitude to Logica, working with them has brought me many things and it´s been a great place to work.


One of the perks of working for IHomer is, obvious, working from home on a regular basis. I´m really looking forward to this, I´ve created a nice little home office and I´m sure I´ll see a lot more of my girls.

I have commited myself to deliver workshops for Logica later this year, so for my colleguaes: there´ll be opportunities to catch up.


May 26, 2009

Speak up!

Filed under: Learning,Personal — Freek Leemhuis @ 1:46 pm

Lately I’ve been involved in a lot of workshops and meetings and one thing I noticed is that when a question is asked in a group of developers, it’s very often the younger attendants that reply first. Sometimes there’s a crop of bright young developers who really know their stuff, but other participants with years of experience just seem to be less vocal. In discussing this observation with a colleague last week it started to dawn on me: it’s not that the younger guys are brighter, they are less inhibited because they can still get away with an answering incorrectly.

If you have been a developer for 8 years or more, and someone asks an innocuous question (what is a function?), you probably know the answer. However, suppose you give the wrong answer, in front of a crowd of fellow programmers. Your reputation is on the line. Better keep quiet, and let the young guys go at it, right?

The best way to learn is to be wrong occasionally, even if it means being painfully wrong sometimes. As a programmer, there’s so many things that you ‘should know’ that it’s near impossible to have all this knowledge readily available. There’s never a better learning moment then these. Being painfully wrong means being wrong once. Being silent can mean being wrong many times. So, mainly as a reminder to myself: it’s ok to be wrong. It’s not okay to stop learning. As the lady says, sometimes you just have to feel the fear and do it anyway.

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