Changing Good Programmers into Great Programmers

By Jeff Cogswell  |  Posted 2008-09-23 Print this article Print

Not everybody is cut out to be a programmer. But for those who are, there is no reason you, as a manager or executive, can't help them move from just good to great, amazing and even awesome. Jeff Cogswell shows you how.

During the past two decades, I've worked with some really great programmers and software developers. And, unfortunately, I've worked with more than a few who probably should have chosen a different field. But the vast majority of the programmers fell somewhere in the middle. They were good. Not amazing, but definitely not bad either.

For managers and executives who have programmers and software developers reporting to them, the variation in skill can present quite a problem when you're trying to build a great product. How can you transform the good programmers into fantastic, amazing, awesome programmers?

Believe it or not, you can. Let's see how to do it.

Jeff Cogswell is the author of Designing Highly Useable Software ( among other books and is the owner/operator of CogsMedia Training and Consulting.Currently Jeff is a senior editor with Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to joining Ziff, he spent about 15 years as a software engineer, working on Windows and Unix systems, mastering C++, PHP, and ASP.NET development. He has written over a dozen books.

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