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What does the next generation of software developers look like? Which advice would you give developers starting their career in order to accelerate their journey toward great team-work and proficiency?

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This book is a set of thought-triggering essays that will act as a to-think, to-digest, to-meditate and to-do list for beginners and curious minds alike. If you agree and want your thoughts happily provoked, this book is for you. Read more details about the book and subscribe to the newsletter to be sure not to miss the beta-reading when it starts.


My journey is also yours. Follow my writing and creation process, hear me rant about the topics I care about and discover the content of the book day after day in this walkcast made in-outside with my French (sounding German sometimes) accent. You can use the player below, go to Soundcloud, get the RSS feed directly or check it out via Itunes or Stitcher


Do you wish to participate? Want to share your story? You don't agree with me? We should talk! Let's meet via Skype and you can tell me all about it. It you agree to it, I will share our conversation on the podcast. Please contact me either via email or @timothep on twitter


Developer's Journey is made of encounters, discussions and exchange of arguments, tips and tricks. If you think I should come and talk somewhere special, let me know, I'd be more than happy to! I've already got a few talks lined up for 2016 but that's clearly not enough. See below for a detailed list.

Random quotes about #DevJourney

"Can't wait to read the #DevJourney book as this talk [ed: at the Frühjahrscampus] was very inspiring" (link)

— Cosima Laube (@gazebo_c)

"Ping @timothep if you’d like a thoughtful conversation partner with whom to sharpen your understanding of your personal #devjourney" (link)

— Benjamin Reitzammer (@benjamin)

"One of the best talks [ed: of the TopConf] was “Breeding Unicorn Developers” from Tim Bourguignon" (link)

— Thomas Einwaller (@tOMPSON)

"Great talk of @timothep at #techsrus conf - essential for every developer! (link)

— JoNE (@JoNE)


DevJouney is available on Itunes and Stitcher


I've been thrilled to interview the following persons:

However short or long your journey, I am sure you have a lot to tell. Contact me to schedule a simple interview and participate to the life of this project.


I have no talk scheduled at the moment. Why don't you suggest one to me?

DevJourney was also presented at the following conferences:

I'd be more than happy to present #DevJourney elsewhere, don't hesitate to contact me.

Video Recordings

Here is the recording of the TopConf talk I gave in Linz, Austria (in English) in February 2016:

Here is the recording of the WebKongress talk I gave in Erlangen (in German) in March:

Here is Microsoft's Recording of the Techs"R"Us talk live on Channel9 (in German)


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About the book

What does the next generation of IT-professionals look like? If I believe the rumors, the guides, the white noise on the Internet and what my clients are searching for, the new hire is an excellent, cheap, "T-Shaped" newbie with a lot of experience, the right agile mindset and she's ready to be a cultural fit for big and small companies alike.

Those unicorns do exist, but the majority of students leaving universities today have no clue what we need. Are they to blame? Have we clearly expressed what we need already? Have we defined how we intend to push them even further?

Software developers have a long journey ahead of them. Good programming skills are certainly necessary, but not enough to become great developers. A corresponding mentality, a set of soft-skills and a broad understanding of the system in which they evolve also play a huge role in their success. I personally think that we - as software professionals - did not express those expectations clearly enough. This has the effect of leaving the new generation of developers alone responsible for their journey toward continuous improvement, forcing them to learn many lessons the hard way at a lower speed than what would be possible.

This book will go over the three most important relations of the software engineer: relation to code, to his/her peers and to him/herself. We will discuss topics like Kent Beck's "make it work, make it right, make it fast", Clean Code, questioning, exercising, getting your hands dirty, Scrum, mentoring, ethics and much more.

From the novice developer barely out of his studies to the senior software writer looking for mastery. From the young team lead coping with human interaction challenges to the manager faced with the task of leading with tact. Any curious mind interested in growing in the software writing industry and doing his or her job a little bit better with ever more joy day after day will recognize himself in this book.

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About the author

Timothée Bourguignon

Tim Bourguignon

Tim is a full time geek, agile developer and BS-hunter. International speaker and avid writer, he is curious- and creative-minded, eager to search, teach and talk... and has been doing this for as long as he remembers. French born European child, he lives in Germany where he works as a developer, Scrum Master and Agile coach. When he is not at a computer, you'll find him behind a camera, in his running shoes or with his wife and son... but never in that order!

Timothée Bourguignon

Timothée Bourguignon

Tim Bourguignon at the WebKongress - Picture taken by the WebKongress Staff - CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Talk impressions

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