There are real advantages to being a consultant. You make contacts with a lot of different people; you get exposure to many industries; and most important, unlike a software developer in the IT department for a brick-and-mortar company, as a technology consultant, you are the profit center...so long as you are billing.
Consulting can be hugely rewarding - but it's easy to fail if you are unprepared. To succeed, you need a mentor who knows the lay of the land. Aaron Erickson is your mentor, and this is your guidebook.
Erickson has done it all - from Practice Leadership to the lowest level project work. In The Nomadic Developer, he brings together his hardwon insights on becoming successful and achieving success through tough times and relentless change.
You'll find 100% practical advice and real experiences - his own and annotations from those in the trenches. In addition, renowned consultants - such as David Chappell, Bruce Eckel, Deborah Kurata, and Ted Neward - share some of their hard-earned lessons.
©2009 Aaron Erickson; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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I really like the real world stories from the author and the other developers he interviewed. It's good to hear that others have gone through the same trials and made mistakes along the way.
When they related stories of projects gone wrong or things they look back on that they could have done better.
Great book. I'm glad you put this on Audible.
I enjoy reading fantasy, science fiction, and horror the most. To improve, I read about language, psychology, spirituality, and art. I read about computer science and business for professional reasons.
Professional Knowledge Development
I found some of the archtypes given fairly humorous. "Bozo" consulting had me picturing a clown with a requirements chart.
The ability to go through the information rapidly and continuously without my eyes getting tired or hyperfocused.
The book wasn't exacly a thriller, so the experience wasn't exactly moving. However, the learning experience was thorough and understandable.
A very good book for building knowledge for individual consulting, consulting on teams, or with a business. Also, an understanding of various businesses in the software development industry is built on, along with tips for individuals that could be relevant in any technical job.
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