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Steve Smith is an Agile consultant and Continuous Delivery specialist at Always Agile Consulting Ltd. An XP / Lean developer with 10+ years of experience in enterprise software development in Britain and New Zealand, Steve favours practices such as Pair Programming and Test-Driven Development to build quality into software products. As an early adopter of Continuous Delivery he has overseen transformation programmes in multiple organisations to reduce lead times and increase product revenues. Steve is a co-author of the Continuous Delivery and DevOps book "Build Quality In", a co-organiser of the monthly London Continuous Delivery meetup group, a co-organiser of the annual PIPELINE conference, and a regular speaker at conferences such as Agile On The Beach and QCon New York. Steve blogs at Always Agile Consulting and is on Twitter at @AgileSteveSmith. Steve is a DZone MVB and is not an employee of DZone and has posted 28 posts at DZone. You can read more from them at their website. View Full User Profile

Endless Initiative

03.26.2013
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Take any opportunity to be pro-active

Q. If we gave you carte blanche to work on anything for six months, what would you work on?


There is no right answer to the above interview question, but there is a wrong answer.

A. Wherever I have worked, I have been told what to do.


As important as it is for an interviewer to present potential opportunities for personal and professional growth, it is even more important for an interviewee to show that they can be anticipatory and are genuinely interested in contributing to improving the quality of a software product and its surrounding ecosystem. Even when working in an environment where you are constantly told what to do, opportunities to improve yourself and/or a product will continuously present themselves.

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