A career in software

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A career in software by Mind Map: A career in software

1. User Groups

1.1. How to find them

1.1.1. Skills Matter

1.1.2. Meetup.com

1.2. JavaWUG

1.3. LJC

2. What I am hoping to create is a tree diagram instead of a mindmap but this seems the best place to start. I am basically hoping to understand the different routes available to people within software. This is to help Grads and people coming in to the industry to firstly gain an understand of the options currently available to them, and secondly to gain an idea where those options may lead. I hope to eventually use this map or a similar one to be a starting point to much more information on each discipline

3. Types of companies

3.1. Product/Solution companies

3.1.1. Product is most important thing

3.1.2. Work will involve developing a product for the company to sell

3.1.3. Time to market is key

3.1.4. Marketing is mandatory

3.2. Non-IT Companies

3.2.1. e.g. Where the core business is not technology but needs technology to survive

3.2.2. e.g. Financial Media Travel

3.2.3. Work will involve developing systems to improve the companies core business

3.3. Consultancies

3.3.1. Will work on different projects and industries

3.3.2. If there are no projects you are put "on the bench"

3.3.3. Generally have high levels of expectation

3.3.4. Money is high

3.3.5. Can involve lots of travel and working in various locations

3.3.6. Level of commitment to high quality solutions is a make or break

3.3.7. Good reputation is mandatory

3.4. Small Business

3.4.1. Do bits of lots of jobs. Not all IT-related

3.4.2. Need to get on *very* well with colleagues

3.5. One-Person or Self Employued

3.5.1. Responsible for everything from strategy to toilets

3.5.2. Often sell services such as consulting

3.5.3. Money sometimes good, sometimes non-existent. Can be tricky to ensure continuity of income

3.5.4. If you are ill you don't earn

3.5.5. May want to grow into a larger business

4. Understanding the industry

4.1. Open Source Software

4.1.1. Open Source Central

4.1.2. Source forge

4.1.3. GitHub

4.1.4. What Is Open Source Software Open source software (OSS) is computer software for which the source code and certain other rights normally reserved for copyright holders are provided under a software license that meets the Open Source Definition or that is in the public domain. Projects created where there is not a perfect solution Economic Model Some projects are run as part time projects, people work in their spare time on them Many companies support their developers to work on OSS projects that will be beneficial to their company Politics Licenses

4.2. Movements

4.2.1. Software Craftsmanship Movement

4.2.2. Agile Development Movement

5. Junior BA

5.1. Mid level BA

5.1.1. Project Manager Senior Manager IT Director

6. Penetration/Security Tester

7. Craftsman

7.1. Apprentice

7.1.1. Journeyman Master

7.2. A new movement has begun in the development industry known as the "software craftsmanship". It was set up to create awareness for the problems that exist within the industry

7.2.1. Though the ultimate goal is to create software the craftsman movement uses different job titles to distinguish themselves

7.2.2. For more information visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_Craftsmanship

8. conferences

8.1. Devoxx

9. Podcasts

9.1. independent

9.1.1. The Java Posse

9.1.2. Software Engineering Radio

9.1.3. Stack Overflow

9.2. associated with one of the communities below

10. Technical Community

10.1. Professional Bodies

10.1.1. BCS Website and Mailing List etc. Journals and Publications Members Events Specialist Groups

10.1.2. ACM

10.1.3. IET

10.2. Online

10.2.1. Career/Role Specific Sites/Communities Programming / Development Testing Architecture

10.2.2. Blogs and RSS Feeds javablogs.com

10.2.3. Technology Specific Sites/communities The Server Side InfoQ

10.2.4. Domain Specific Sites/Communities

10.2.5. General Computing/IT Sites/Communities Learning DZone Parleys.com Problem Solving / Q&A Stack Overflow

10.2.6. Social Networking LinkedIn Groups Twitter Facebook

10.2.7. Does anyone know anymore?

10.2.8. Programming Language Specific Sites/Communities JavaRanch

10.3. email mailing lists


11.1. What to do from here

11.1.1. Add branches to the tree

11.2. What is this

12. A career in software

12.1. School

12.1.1. College University Programming Testing Business + Technical Junior Technical analyst Supporting software R&D Consultant