Journey into “Nurture Your Passion” (An Individual Apprenticeship Pattern)

On this Software Development Capstone journey part of my assignment is to choose 10 Individual Apprenticeship Patterns out of 35 patterns among Chapters 2-6 from the book Apprenticeship Patterns: Guidance for the Aspiring Software Craftsmanby Dave Hoover and Adewale Oshineye. For my eighth individual Apprenticeship pattern I decided to blog about “Nurture Your Passion” pattern.


When you feel as if you have been hired into a software developer job that is asphyxiating your passion. Sometimes the best solution is to work on some side projects that you find interesting in your work place. If you can not find something interesting at work, then you can dedicate some time on the side building some “Breakable Toys”. Another approach is to ensure that you keep reading great literature in our field that will essentially help carry you through difficult times, such as ones that threatens your passion for the craft. You should also make sure that when joining an organization, that you are joining one with a career path that is related or will lead to your passion. This pattern also suggest us to make sure we “set clear boundaries that define the sort of environment you are willing to work in”. Understand that sometimes you run the risk that the boundaries you set might cause you to “get passed over for pay raises, promotions, kudos, or popularity. But these boundaries are necessary if you are going to break free of hostile conditions and keep your passion strong”.

My Reaction

This pattern helps you understand the importance of doing something you are passionate about. I agree with this idea because it make sense, we need to insure that we are nurturing our passion in order for us to remain happy and passionate about what we do. I found this pattern to be interesting but also useful and thought-provoking. This pattern has definitely changed the way I think about my profession and the way I think, the reason being is that it has made me realize that whatever I do, I should make sure it is something I am passionate about and I am always trying to find ways to keep that passion for the craft alive.

Thank you for your time. This has been YessyMer in the World Of Computer Science, until next time.


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