Alone in a crowded room (and other email addiction problems)

August 4, 2010

Avoid the urge to do email during meetings. Laptops and BlackBerries have made it possible to do email almost anywhere and anytime. While it may seem like an efficient use of time, doing email (obviously) distracts you from what brought you into the room in the first place: the meeting! All too often, hard-working people […]

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ITWorld’s interview with author Sam Lightstone.

August 4, 2010

Columnist and author James E. Gaskin interviews Sam Lightstone for ITWorld. “Career advice: Making your mark in software programming” http://bit.ly/aDYva6

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Making it Big in Software: #1 career book on Amazon.ca

August 4, 2010

For the 3rd weekend in a row, Making it Big in Software has topped Amazon category rankings on Amazon.ca.  Popular in these categories: #1 in  Books > Professional & Technical > Education > Counseling > Vocational Guidance #1 in  Books > Nonfiction > Education > Counseling > Vocational Guidance #1 in  Books > Business & Investing […]

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Why software project management is like painting a Rembrandt (or, knowing when done is done)

August 4, 2010

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (July 15, 1606 – October 4, 1669) was a Dutch painter.   When you see his paintings you can’t help but be amazed by their detail and lifelike nature.  The problem with paintings, especially the ones that are based on classical realism, is that there’s always one more stroke of the brush you […]

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Unique challenges of a career in software: becoming a rock star!

August 4, 2010

I was  interviewed recently on IBM developerWorks about Making it Big in Software. One of the questions asked me about the unique career challenges in software.  What makes software careers so unique is change! Change is our challenge. We work in an industry that redefines itself every few years. There’s no other profession like that – even […]

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IBM developerWorks interview with author Sam Lightstone

August 4, 2010

Sam Lightstone was recently interviewed on IBM developerWorks.  The interview includes some interesting ideas on how Sam got started in technology, thoughts on social networking for software professionals, and learning from failure.  See the full interview here http://bit.ly/bgLY6V

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A whole new look for MakingItBigCareers.com

August 4, 2010

Our web site got a major facelift last week.  Check out our new online digs here:  http://www.makingitbigcareers.com/

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A faster horse? When not to listen to your customers

August 4, 2010

Last Wed I had the privilege of giving a talk at IBM to about 250 software professional. The topic was fostering innovation.  If there is a mantra of the modern corporate workplace it’s probably “Listen to your customers”.  We’ve all seen how companies falter when they try to dictate to their markets rather than listen to them.  […]

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A career interview with Google’s Director of Research, Peter Norvig

August 4, 2010

Sam Lightstone’s interview with Google’s Director of Research, Peter Norvig, was on Information Week today. This is a sample from the book “Making it Big in Software”.  Here’s the interview with Peter Norvig:  http://bit.ly/bDdqO7

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Why popular programming languages may be bad for your programming career

August 4, 2010

A careful reading of Making it Big in Software will surface two curious observations. First,  I studied the popularity of different programming languages and platforms.  Not surprisingly  I found the Java is the most popular programming language in the world.  Nice, but not exactly world news.  It stands to reason that if Java is the most widely used, it’s […]

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Google’s Marissa Mayer on pet peeves and women in technology

July 2, 2010

 In this clip from our interview with Marissa Mayer, Google’s Vice President of Search Products and User Experience, Marissa discusses some of her pet peeves in the software industry and the need for more women in computer science.  The full interview including Marissa’s ideas around time management and successful careers for software professionals is published […]

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Career success with Sam Lightstone on The DB2Night Show™

June 25, 2010

 Scott Hayes hosts The DB2Night Show™ with guest Sam Lightstone in this lively discussion about career advancement for sofwtare professionals.  There’s lots in here for non-techies as well!  Sam draws on some interesting ideas from his book Making it Big in Software, and keeps it lively with anecdotes and illustrations.

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Technometria host Phil Windley interviews Sam Lightstone about career success for software professionals

June 20, 2010

In this podcast by Technometria, host Phil Windley interviews Sam Lightstone about career success for software professionals. The interview touches on ideas from Sam’s book “Making it Big in Software“, but Phil has other topics he wants to get at too (like to how to keep the early career years from getting too boring).

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