Thursday, April 11, 2013

J is for Joy

This year, for the A to Z Blogging Challenge I'm posting alphabetically on topics related to software development...

Most of these posts are about habits of thought. This one is different.

Joy in this context isn't meant to be a habit (although it helps to take joy in your work). I am suggesting it is a result to be aware of. A temperature gauge. A way to recognize success.

When you are doing a good job, a sense of joy should be a natural outcome. And when you have produced something truly useful and useable, something that helps people accomplish their goals - whether it is to produce that killer presentation, or get a customer's order delivered on time, or detect a million-dollar fraud in progress - people should enjoy using your software.

When you enjoy working on a product, and people enjoy using it, you know you are doing something right.

The converse is also true. If you find yourself reluctant to open up that code, if people groan every time they need to use your product, it's a warning sign to stop and take a hard look at what you are doing.

9 comments:

  1. This is so true in everything we do.

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  2. It's true and you can apply this logic to just about everything in life.

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  3. Yes, well written well composed thoughts, Ian. I experience a lot of joy at work...but never really analyzed it quite like you've done here. :-)

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  4. Joy (or lack of) is a good indicator if you're in the right field or not.
    http://www.melanieshulz.blogspot.com

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  5. Yes!!! Joy is my Goal.
    Thank you.
    Happy A to Z!
    -g-

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  6. That is exactly how I look when I jump for joy.

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  7. Mynx, Delores, yes I think it is a good universal rule.

    Teresa, oddly enough neither did I until I started writing this month's posts :)

    Melanie, exactly!

    Maggid, that's a great goal to strive for!

    PTM, I hope I don't run into intellectual property rights for posting a pic of you then :D

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  8. So very true. Just like writing. If I don't want to work on the story, no one is going to want to read it either. That kind of thing shows in our work, no matter what work that my be.

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  9. Jean, that's why it's important to write what means something to you. It will show through if you don't! So true.

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