Friday, January 08, 2016

Not Sure I Belong Here

I'm at a software development conference, and it's a fantastic conference.

But I'm possibly the oldest person here, and I feel very out of place. I'm not sure I belong in this environment any more. I see things so differently -- my experience of over 36 years in this field has me saying "That's a fad" and "Been there, done that" too often to endear me to the energetic young developers who think every framework or new technology is The Answer.

I have two choices:

1. Dial back -- *way* back -- my conference speaking and realize that I'm not nearly as relevant as I once was, or

2. Dial it up, embrace the wisdom of experience, and do more teaching and mentoring and "being a guru".

Decisions, decisions...

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