At Least They Have the Spirit


So far, we have come to the conclusion that it is okay to not know everything. It is also alright to even be “the weakest link” of a team. What matters the most is the enthusiasm, the drive to learn more about our projects and programs. For Apprenticeship Patterns, this means that newcomers can be useful to a team if they provide morale and enthusiasm to expose and attack their ignorance.

To start, I believe that the book stating the idea of “repressing enthusiasm when it is not welcomed” isn’t entirely incorrect. However, I do believe that, unless an enthusiastic apprentice is drastically creating dire consequences for the team, then the members with lower morale should lighten up a bit. No one starts out “creating the next Linux”; if seasoned professionals are not held up to these high expectations, then it seems ridiculous (to say the least) that the newcomers will be held to it.

Interestingly enough, the controversial idea of repressing enthusiasm is supported by a factor of the pattern that I do enjoy: the idea of “experiencing diversity”. According to “Unleash Your Enthusiasm”, teams actually have the most efficiency when they consist of members who each have various amounts of experience. “Old farts” who have seen it all will likely be numbed and unaware of an issue that a newcomer will notice with their “fresh eyes”. Likewise, the more experienced will create sorcery, solving programming problems that the newbies weren’t even aware of.

As far as the future is concerned, I can say that I apply this pattern on a daily basis. While the book helps to reinforce this ideology, I am no stranger to “pumping up a crowd”. Unleashing enthusiasm is not only the idea of providing positivity and workplace morale, but it also involves taking the initiative. Even if they get shot down, we should always put our ideas out there – scribbles, doodles and random notes are never irrelevant. Some of the greatest ideas were the result of an accident (caused by an enthusiastic dreamer).

So far, in the grand scheme of my selected patterns, here is what I see as a “list” or “chain”:

  • Find a team that you are the worst on.
  • Discover and acknowledge your weak points.
  • Take the initiative and enthusiasm to work on these issues.
  • Give yourself the breakable toys needed to grow from mistakes.
  • Practice correctly, with feedback from professionals.

In retrospect, I find it amazing to take my previous blogs, and discover a path within them (similar to a graph data structure). Now, we must take the time to implement it….

Published by Mike Morley (mpekim)

Current student at WSU. Knowledgeable of C/C++, Java and Python. Always interested in learning the basics of as many languages as possible.

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