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My Job Went to India: 52 Ways to Save Your Job (Pragmatic Programmers) Paperback – September 29, 2005

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Chad Fowler is co-director of Ruby Central, Inc., and remains an active, driving force in the Ruby community.


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Product Details

  • Series: Pragmatic Programmers
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (September 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976694018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976694014
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chad Fowler is an internationally known software developer, trainer, manager, speaker, and musician. Over the past decade he has worked with some of the world's largest companies and most admired software developers.

Chad is VP of Engineering at LivingSocial. He is co-organizer of RubyConf and RailsConf and author or co-author of a number of popular software books, including The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Violette on December 24, 2005
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Forget about the spectre of "offshoring" for a second: this book is about what you need to do to be a better software professional. On the flip side, this book can also be used as a guide on how to _hire_ good programmers. Each chapter is about 2 to 3 pages long and presents anecdotal information about how to make yourself a better programmer _and_ business person.

I would say that most of his advice really falls into one of these categories: constantly improve yourself, constantly seek to improve others, and be knowledgeable of your business and customers.

There are valuable tidbits in here that are common sense to some, but I am amazed with how many people I know that don't follow them. Even if they are all common sense this book helps these ideas crystallize in your psyche. Here are some of my favorites:

#7 Don't base your career on one technology: for example Java, Lotus Notes, etc.

#8 Be the worst. Surrounding yourself with really good people is a lot better way to learn than being the best. I agree with this.

#9 Love it or leave it. The people I like to work with the most are the people with passion for what they do. They are the ones that are constantly seeking to do things the right way. They are the ones who are innovating.

The reason I give this book 4 stars instead of 5 is that towards the end I thought the last several chapters were kind of fluffy and didn't provide any concrete advise. But overall, I think this book is very good.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Vik Chadha on October 5, 2005
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Chad Fowler has written a gem of a book that is full of wisdom, and is deeply insightful in a way that only someone with Chad's experience (of working with a fortune 5 company in the U.S. and in India) could have.

Written with compassion and empathy for it's intended audience, the book conveys a very important message -- that it's not about Americans beating Indians out of jobs or Indians beating Americans. It's about building things of value and making software developers better.

I believe this book is going to be of as much value to the leaders of organizations that hire software developers across the globe as it will be to the employees of those organizations and will provide benefits to readers in unexpected ways. It provides a blueprint for continuous learning and self- improvement as well as a way to motivate oneself to always aspire to reach higher and achieve more and enjoy the journey along the way!

This is a must-read book that has already found a permanent place on my bookshelf as it will in the bookshelves of all the others whom I plan to gift copies to.

I HIGHLY recommend it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Lane on June 7, 2006
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Chad Fowler shares his India outsourcing experience and insight and he provides simple truths about the importance of anticipating and adapting to change. Lessons learned in this book can be applied to any field, not just technology. The world is changing faster and faster and to stay on top means learning how to be champions of change, not resistors.

Fowler offers readers excellent advice on how not to be left behind. Fifty-two ways to save your job, as the title suggests. None of us can afford to be complacent in our current successes, knowledge, or skillsets. Complacency breeds arrogance and laziness. These are very simple truths. The people who take the time to learn new things and adapt to changing business environments more quickly are the ones who are going to come out on top. Right now, we're seeing the tide shift and those diligent people in India are reaping the rewards of their hard work.

Outsourcing or off-shoring...whatever you want to call it, it is not going away. And it is not the dirty word it was a couple of years ago. Outsourcing is old news! The epiphanies of "The World is Flat" is old news! Companies who have not yet shifted some of their operation to India or China or Western Europe are likely feeling a little panicked. And I think they rightfully concerned. As companies continue to expand outsourcing to India (Citrix, IBM, Microsoft, Siebel, et al), for any of us to keep our jobs, we need to continue to find new and BETTER ways to be provide value. For some, it means learning new technical and/or language skills. For others, it means changing careers altogether. Adapt, adapt, adapt.

This book was excellent--it's well written, it's timely, and frankly, I found it very reassuring.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adam Keys on October 5, 2005
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This is a great compliment to The Pragmatic Programmer. That book presents short, sweet descriptions of successful habits for a programmer to follow while practicing their craft. My Job Went To India arms a programmer with habits and practices that will help enhance their career.

I love books with short chapters, and this one has fifty-two of them. They read quickly and many end with exercises to apply the practice or skill recently discovered.

Much of what a programmer must do to advance his craft these days is more closely related to business than software. Many programmers, myself included, are somewhat intimidated by the need to learn these skills. Fowler breaks it down and make this subject matter far easier to approach.

The essence of this book is tons and tons of experience distilled into words. Sure, you could learn all of this stuff over a decade in the industry, but you might have some frightening, tight times in between. I feel like My Job Went To India has given me a leg up by focusing the topic of managing a programmer's career into fun-to-read, easily digestible chunks that are all highly actionable.
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