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Talent is Overrated: Book Review

The Book

Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin

The Review

I came across this book on Jason Yip’s Twitter feed while the idea of 10,000 hours to become an expert at any given skill was being discussed. I’m reading Outliers as well and the two books seem to complement each other quite well.

I’m interested in how we can apply deliberate practice in software development, perhaps using the medium of coding dojos, to become better developers in a more effective manner than just normal practice.

What did I learn?

In Summary

This area of study still fascinates me and this book certainly gives a great deal of insight into the way that world class performers have made themselves so.

Software development wise I’m looking forward to reading Corey Haines’ thoughts on how ideas such as his pair programming journeyman tour can help us to improve as developers and seeing how our understanding of the value of coding dojos continues to develop.

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