I Am Not Myself


Reading Apprenticeship Patterns by Dave Hoover and Adewale Oshineye

I started reading Apprenticeship Patterns today after Dave Hoover suggested it to me during a Twitter conversation while he was attending ObtivaCon. It’s a great read so far, I wish someone had handed it to me 10 years ago. Here are some choice quotes thanks to my handy Kindle.


Apprenticeship makes a difference because it instills a lifelong passion to master the craft. It instills a passion for perpetual learning and, in the process, enables the apprentice to become a great developer. –Pete McBreen, Software Craftsmanship

“effort is what makes you smart or talented”

“I guess it basically means having the attitude that there’s always a better/smarter/faster way to do what you just did and what you’re currently doing. Apprenticeship is the state/process of evolving and looking for better ways and finding people, companies and situations that force you to learn those better/smarter/faster ways.”

It is not something we give to people by telling them about their high intelligence. It is something we equip them to get for themselves—by teaching them to value learning over the appearance of smartness, to relish challenge and to use errors as routes to mastery”

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