Values seldom, if ever change. For most people, it takes a life-changing event and serious introspection to change values.
For a well-balanced life, the culture of your workplace needs to stand up to your values. This is your responsibility - not your employers.
Before I cared much about values, I adopted the Extreme Programming values as the foundation for the culture of a workplace:
After life-changing events and serious introspection, I found these values to hold up in all parts of my life.
Principles are beliefs that stem from your values, and are formulated from your experiences.
I believe that:
- There is only one truth.
- Clarity is necessary before both agreement and disagreement.
- Conversations must work from facts, and exercise both candor and empathy.
- Simplicity leads to happiness.
Summed up, in the context of software development, I believe that:
- Software Development is a means to a business end.
- The Customer is always right.
- A software solution will asymptotically reach completion.
- Culture is what you do - not what you say.