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The Software Craftsman: Professionalism, Pragmatism, Pride by Sandro Mancuso

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5. Heroes, Goodwill, and Professionalism

Back in the 1990s, I got a job in a big multinational company. After two years working for small software houses and a long selection process, I had the feeling that I had found my dream job. We were creating an enterprise resource planning system (ERP) similar to SAP ERP, and our clients were governments and very large international companies. The team was extremely talented and the project was massive compared to everything I had done before. I was quite intimidated by the skills of the developers on the team. They all seemed much better than me, making me feel like I had to prove myself. I had to show why I deserved a place in that team. Our team was the architecture team, responsible for the development ...

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