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Find Mentors

Whether a beginner starts out with a training course or is self-taught, the first step on the path to software craftsmanship is finding a craftsman to apprentice himself to.

Pete McBreen, Software Craftsmanship, p. 96

Context

You have realized that you’re not the first person to walk the path and that you are spending a lot of time exploring blind alleys.

Problem

You’re walking along a path with no idea of what’s around the next corner or how to prepare for it. You need help and guidance.

Solution

Seek out those who have gone ahead of you and strive to learn from them.

Ideally, you will find a master craftsman who will accept you as an apprentice. You will remain under her supervision throughout your apprenticeship, establishing your future on the foundation of your master’s reputation. However, this ideal is exceptionally rare in today’s world.


  

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