This is the page I put up in October 2010, when I was looking for a gig as an agile apprentice. It’s no longer active, but sometimes folks ask me questions, or some other reason comes up that I want to refer to it. So I’m keeping it here.
Hire Me As Your Apprentice
Is it weird that while I value clean code, I might value cards & animated collaborations & rerospectives a little bit more? — me on twitter
What’s in it for you? Here are some things you might not know about me.
- I care about Agile and crafted code.
- I’m an unschooler, through and through. I learn & share what I learn.
- I ask interesting (hard) questions
- I value honesty, empathy & fondness (also, part two)
- I cut right to a clear statement of a problem or goal
- I collaborate and make connections.
- I quit programming in 1990 rather than continue writing ugly code made out of fear.
- I don’t much play up my strengths or try to hide my weaknesses.
August 2010 to now: Independent Agile Apprentice
Studied and practiced things like TDD, pairing, four rules of simple design. Done katas alone and in pairs, always test-first. Refactored for expressiveness and no duplication.
Paired at Code Retreat in prison, at SDT Conference, with friends and at local events. I’ve written a little Ruby, Java, and sometimes J. I’ve attended Pillar’s Day in the Life of Agile workshop, and also had a few opportunities to pair on a real project, including working out how to break up story cards and how to create a clear, workable problem statement. I’ve also coached Agile principles and values along the way. Puzzled over challenges, explored principles in depth.
- From 2006-2010 I was a freelance writer and editor, and web designer.
- I was also a street chaplain. See RadicalLoveProject.com.
- 1991-2005 I was home with my amazing unschooling kids.
- In 1990, I was writing clean, beautiful databases and ugly programs to run them. I used Clipper ’88, a compiler for dBase & FoxPro.
- In the ’80s, I maintained and hacked the heck out of a small business accounting system written in BasicA. Seriously.
- I got an A in my Fortran ’77 class in college. Never touched it again.
- I taught Computer Fundamentals and weird word processors to adults at Eastland and Fairfield Vocational Schools.