Talk to the Bear

Recently we introduced hot desking in our office, I traded my desk, my phone, my calculator and my coaster for an entire office worth of hot desking – I’m sat in an armchair as I write this.

One of the benefits this brings is the ability to share problems and ideas with those you wouldn’t usually. Last Friday, I decided to sit and work next to Steve, one of our top flight developers. He turned to me and said “I’m having some troubles working this out, can you take a look”. Now most of the stuff Steve does is way over my head, so he started to explain what his program was doing line by line. “Ah!” said Steve, “don’t worry, I’ve spotted it, thanks bear”.

Had I not been sat next to Steve, he’d have never asked and probably spent the next half hour scratching his head.

  • John Hyde

    Great post, Andy. A colleague used the expression “cardboard programmer: as in

    come over here and be a cardboard programmer. I will explain the problem to you and while I’m talking I’ll suddenly see the answer and then you can go…