Christopher Duncan is President of Show Programming of Atlanta, Inc. and author of both the monthly syndicated column Pro Developer and the recent book for Apress, The Career Programmer: Guerilla Tactics for an Imperfect World. A veteran contract programmer with over a decade of experience, he has seen the extremes from the small shops you've never heard of to the huge corporate cultures such as AT&T, Equifax, and Bell South. Irreverent, unconventional, and occasionally controversial, his focus has always been less on the academic and more on simply delivering the goods, breaking any rules that happen to be inconvenient at the moment.
Chris can be reached at Chris@ShowProgramming.com
Show Programming of Atlanta, Inc. offers consulting and training for software development and project management. There is no such thing as a single silver bullet that will solve all problems encountered by every programming shop, no matter how good it looks on paper. Consequently, our focus is on practical, down to earth and frequently informal tactics, each designed to stand on their own and survive in even the most crisis driven environments. Helping companies deliver the quality software that meets their business needs is what we're all about. Showing programmers and project managers how to be more effective in the chaotic environment of the business world is how we do it.
The Career Programmer: Guerilla Tactics for an Imperfect World (Apress) is recommended reading for all of our clients. Offering practical solutions to the problems faced by programmers everywhere - marketing driven deadlines, the complete lack of testing support, corporate politics, never having time to do things "the right way" and countless other obstacles that make it almost impossible to release quality software, The Career Programmer explains how the individual programmer or project manager can work within the existing system to solve deadline problems and regain control of the development process.
Care is taken to offer proven, practical, and hands-on solutions that are designed to work when confronted with the political and chaotic realities of the business environment. Issues are addressed from the points of view of both the programmer and project manager, and steps are shown in all perspectives, from large-scale teams down to projects with a single developer. For the individual programmer or project manager, the end results are less overtime, less stress, higher-quality software, and a more satisfying career.
For more information on speaking engagements, training seminars, book purchases and other services offered by Show Programming, please contact Deirdre Smathers, Director of Operations, at 770.289.2275 or via email at Dee@ShowProgramming.com.