I told my trainees: Nothing you do counts until it goes into production.

Henry had something in production with one user. Great example.

When I was interviewing people, I looked for initiative and accomplishments.

I was assigned one trainee who was getting a Masters in MIS (Management Information Systems). I had him fired after two weeks because he could not understand an IF-Then-Else statement. Book-learning only goes so far.

See my article about initiative:

William “Bill” Myers, Analyzes all, Programmer, retired. If you learn anything new, find enjoyment, have a new thought, then I’m successful. Photo: 1st article

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