I got quite a few responses to the Who Cares? survey, more than I thought. Thank you!
I took the survey myself and was surprised by my own results: Design (20) Process (20) Planning (20) Implementation (17) Business (15) Technical (15) Usability (13) Quality (12). No surprise that I care so much about Process, Planning and Design but I was surprised to see that Implementation ranked higher than Business & Technical. This could be because the rankings are not linear… but let’s ignore that for now. For the sake of curiosity, I will attempt to make some sense of it.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote that we are motivated to use our strengths because we are innately wired to them. That we are motivated to use our knowledge because we purposefully pursued it – sometimes to great expense. And that we are motivated to use our skills because it took time and effort to get good at what we do. Taking this into consideration, I believe my BS in Computer Science has a lot to do with why I care so much about Implementation. I purposefully pursued this field of study with great expense; I worked full-time while raising 2 young children – much of the time as a single parent. I have to say it was one of the hardest things I have ever done – and done well (3.4 GPA).
So what does this mean, should I be a developer? Well, I guess so. I enjoy writing code and I am the lead developer on my current projects using C# as my programing language of choice. I am also interested in learning Ruby.
As for the remaining categories, I realize that these gaps need to be filled. I need to pair up with people who care about Business, i.e. my business partners. I need to pair up with people who care about Technology and I have had the opportunity to partner with some really good architects, Kiran, Atin, John and Eric. I really need to pair up with people who care about Usability and I have also had the opportunity to partner with some really good usability specialists, Anand and Gina. And I really, really need to pair up with people who care about Quality and I have also had the opportunity to partner with some really good testers, Joyce and Franziska.
I know what I need to develop my team and I know how to do it.
Never too many responses! If you are actively participating in a SDLC, click here to see what motivates you.