September 27, 2007

...Learn TDD with Codemanship - Be Part of the First 100

"Curiouser and curiouser", cried Alice.

But riddle me this; why is it so often the developers who care the least about software development who have the strongest opinions on how it should be done?

Anyway, you obviously do care. Otherwise why would you be reading this blog? (I'm assuming you weren't looking for "directions from new york to london" on Google...)

And of late I think it increasingly important that people who care about software development stand up to be counted. We're fewer and farther between than we should be, sadly. So I started a very simple web site where people could sign a pledge that lets everyone else know - or anyone who can be bothered to look (which means other people who care like you and I do) - that software development is more than just a job to you. I'm already finding teams and organisations where that matters.

The pledge is aimed at anyone who plays a role in the creation of software, including testers, managers, architetcs, and even recruiters. They all make a tangible difference to the quality and economy of the end product.

My plan was to get to 100 signatories by year end, and then create logos and other artwork that would be made available under a Creative Commons license for people to use on web sites, business cards, baseball caps and all manner of paraphernalia to help spread the I Care meme.

There are 46 slots left in the first 100, and anyone who pledges into one of those slots will be in very good company. Some pretty darned impressive folks have already taken the pledge, including the likes of Grady Booch, Tom Gilb, Brian Marick, and Capers Jones. It's signed by Agile folk, by CMMi folk, by UML folk, by formal methods folk, and by all manner of other software development flora and fauna. I'm delighted it got off to such an auspicious start.

I would love us to get to 100 signatures sooner, so I can take the plan to the next phase and start building the next 900 on the list. Your support now will help push things forward, and will act as a beacon to people out there who are as passionate about software as you are.

If you want to see who else has taken the pledge, or find out a bit more about the site, then please visit
Posted 10 years, 7 months ago on September 27, 2007