Today, while reading this old post from Emil Gustafsson about the Viking Laws and how they can be projected into the software development context, I just can’t stop thinking that his first law interpretation is missing one of the most important, if not not the most important, commandment.
Law #1 is all about bravery and aggressiveness, and according to Emil it can be projected into software development as:
- Be direct
- Grab all opportunities
- Use varying methods of attack
- Be versatile and agile
- Attack one target at a time
- Don’t plan everything in detail
- Use top quality weapons
I totally agree with all these commandments but one is missing and I think it should be the first:
- Choose your targets wisely
Never attack a target when you know you’re not enough skilled to win. Sometimes the greatest bravery you can show is to recognize you’re not ready.