In chapter 13 of The Clean Coder, Martin goes over why teams should not be formed around projects. Instead a team should be put together with the objective being for that team to gel together and stay as a team for a long time. This makes sure that you have people that understand one another and can easily work with each other on multiple projects that they get. If this doesn’t happen, it may take longer for an makeshift team to get a project done rather than one that is already gelled. Martin also points out that it is also time consuming and expensive for a business to be constantly breaking up teams to work on different projects because of that fact. Again this just makes common sense to me. If you constantly have to predict how your teammates will act and never get into a rhythm, then you will be wasting time and effort on those predictions rather than getting your work done.

The last chapter of the book is directed towards those that are already in the field. Martin talks about how universities can only teach the next generation of programmers so much, and the rest falls to mentors that know what it’s like working in the real world. He talks about how, ideally, companies would know not to give recent graduates high level work that could possibly lose the company money. Instead there would be a hierarchy set-up that would make sure people with 10+ years experience would oversee people with less experience, and those people would train graduates on concepts and designs for a year before they are able to work on code. Even though this is technically in place – with project managers, older team members who over look younger team members, etc.  – there isn’t enough supervision and mentoring. I definitely agree with Martin on this point. While I have been learning a lot at college – about design patterns, different types of testing , etc. – I have not ingrained all of these teachings into how I program. I also know that there are tons of other things that I have yet to come across and learn because computer science is a huge field and I can’t possibly learn everything. Most of the stuff that I have absorbed has been from someone helping me personally with a project, or talking with a teacher or a professional on how to get some bit of code to work. This is why I think it is very important for people that are already in the field to remember to work and communicate with graduates, so that they can become better at what they do and, in turn, help the next set of graduates that come in.

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