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The Career Programmer: Guerilla Tactics for an Imperfect World (Expert's Voice) Paperback – 10 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2 edition (10 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590596242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590596241
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,444,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Founder of Practical Strategy Consulting, Christopher Duncan is the bestselling author of Unite the Tribes and The Career Programmer. He's been a frequent guest on radio shows across the country, his monthly columns have been read by hundreds of thousands worldwide, and he is widely acclaimed for his immensely practical approach to success in the real world where self interest and office politics are often more prevalent than common sense. This keen insight does not come by accident. Christopher has an unusually diverse background which includes a career in sales consulting, life as a professional musician, and experience fighting deadlines as a cubicle-dwelling software developer. He's also performed mind-numbing factory work, labored on construction sites, and built components for guided missiles. Currently, he writes, speaks and mentors professionals on career and business strategies. He understands the problems and goals of your people, from the lowest-paid workers to the executive elite, because he's been there himself and lived to tell the tale. Whether he's talking about the job-related anxieties of the night watchman's attack chihuahua or explaining the relationship between bunny slippers and corporate productivity, his humor and light-hearted antics will entertain your audience as he shares his vision of success through the pursuit of American excellence. Lively, expressive, and a consummate professional with three decades of stage experience, Christopher delivers an exciting and practical message to your people, inspiring them to reach for their very best and showing them how to get there in the real world, where things don't always go according to plan. Most importantly, he makes sure that everyone has a little fun in the process. He can be reached at

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Newman on 11 Nov. 2002
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AS a Developer Struggling with the stresses and strains of the daily grind of comercial software development I was on the edge of quiting it all and moving on to pushing a broom for the rest of my life just for the sanity. This book has helped me to re-evaluate my attitude and desires for my career and has given me the encouragement and ammunition needed to survive the battlefield of development. If you develop or analyze commercial or even in-house solutions and struggle to get to grips with all the corporate red tape and downright insanity this book is for you...This book is a MUST BUY for anyone who wants to be the best at what they do in the world of IT. No BS here just good wholesome truthful survival tacticts from someone who knows what the hell they are talking about.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Dec. 2003
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While this book is clearly written for corporate America it still have several insights that are useful here in Europe. While it is easy to chuckle along as the author describes reasons for projects collapsing and what to do about it, it also describes factors for success, such as how to get your way when setting deadlines, allocating resources, etc. It also takes into account the different personality types one can see in development teams and management, and how to make use of those. This includes making use of people usually viewed as obstacles. (That might include oneself...:) The book is easy to read and the examples are easy to remember so that you can recognize what is going on at meetings before, during and after the project.
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It's an important tool for the modern developer. Any developer that is proud to be called that, must at least know some of the tools provided here. As the fast pace of change is ever increasing speed, one must be able to cope with that change. This book tells you that it is "do or die" for the contractor or developer on a small shop. Loved it.
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