The year was 2004. I was on stage at the yearly Java One conference in the Moscone Center in San Francisco. My friends, Karthik and Selva, and I were terrified as we looked out at the full room of over 1,000 attendees there to watch our talk on “You are…


In my estimation, I have given over 2,500 interviews in my career, the bulk of them for Software Engineer positions. I have been interviewing Software Engineers for over 25 years and in my current role as CEO of Solution Street, I conduct, on average, two interviews a week. Solution Street…


The year was 1994. I was working full time as a software engineer and going to graduate school part time to get my master’s degree. One of my professors told us that within the next five years, we will not be writing software with code anymore. Fourth Generation Languages (4GL)…


Throughout my career, I have heard people say things like “He has a knack for fixing difficult bugs,” or “She has a knack for getting Ruby to work with OpenSSH.” The definition of “knack” according to the Oxford English Dictionary is “an acquired or natural skill at performing a task.”…


It is now a four-year tradition at Solution Street to invite the young and brightest to join us for a summer of hands-on web development and consulting experience. Our interns have released a variety of applications for different businesses from basketball training and timesheets to content management and catering. …


In my last newsletter article I talked about team communication and how having a team communication contract can increase productivity and happiness across the team. One of the communication options for teams that is experiencing significant growth is “chat.” You have probably heard software teams raving about HipChat (now part…


One of the fundamental misconceptions of software construction is that it is an “assembly line” or “mass production” problem. Management in many companies looks at software construction like building cars. Where can I go to find the lowest-cost workers and get them to assemble my software? This assumption is fundamentally…


Does your team have a communication contract?

Recently I was having drinks with a former manager of mine and he was relaying a story I had completely forgotten. He used to send me at least a half dozen emails a day with various thoughts, ideas and actions for me to…


Arguably the biggest news of the NFL offseason was the retirement of star quarterback, Andrew Luck, of the Indianapolis Colts. Luck was a great player but suffered numerous injuries in his career, and decided he no longer wanted to suffer the cycle of injury, pain, rehabilitation and performance that came…


Last week a few of my very senior colleagues and myself were remarking about how many new DevOps tools are emerging and how it’s getting harder and harder every day to keep track of them and where they fit into the world. I asked several of them where these tools…

Joel Nylund

CEO at Solution Street — www.solutionstreet.com. I have always loved solving problems and making things better. It is what drives me and it is my passion.

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