About two weeks ago my son, wife and myself moved into our new house. As everyone who is familiar with moving knows, the “how-to” move and getting “rid of stuff” is a very important process.
Up until now, I made it a habit that every time I had to move (up until now I moved approximately every one and a half years, don’t ask I just never felt “like home”) I will throw away stuff that I did not touch or used within the last six months.
So, today way one of these days again, where I went into our old apartment (especially the cellar) and moved “stuff” from one side to the other. On the left side, I put everything I wanted to throw away and on the right side I placed stuff I will move to our new house.
At the end of the day I had a lot of stuff to throw away and off it was to the recycling place. By now, you might be asking what this all has to do with SixSigns, this blog and software development.
During the process of throwing things away and getting rid of things that were left in the cellar, as some people refer to as “baggage in your consciousness/mind”, I felt a great relief and loss of mental weights.
I was thinking of how I could apply this feeling to software development. We as developers know and learn a certain way to code our applications. But what about if we “throw” away our habit, maybe a certain way of how to approach a coding challenge and start coding with a framework or even with a new tool?
Throw away; old habits and challenge yourself learning something new!
Maybe you have been thinking about to start learning Fusebox (as an example), then I suggest to “throw” away your old habits and start the next project with Fusebox or else you will never start!
Throw away; the mentality that you will do it it soon, do it now!
Speaking of throwing away. Don’t you think *your* application offers way to many options and confuses your users more then you thought? Maybe it is time to throw away the “this functionality has to be in the product or else…”mentality and start down the path of “Less is more”?
Throw away; complexity and simplify your application (life)!
Ok, on to moving those boxes now…