The Dick Cheney Move and the Super Mario Bros. Solution
Week one. Day three.
We started today without any coding. Without any talk of data structures. And without any logic puzzles. Instead, Shereef and the fine people leading DBC “introduced” the Dick Cheney Move.
I would like to tell you more. But it would ruin the surprise for anyone reading this and thinking about joining DBC at some point. And the surprise is important. It sneaks up on you and has you before you know it. That’s a major component of DBC.
The gist of this morning’s exercise is this: software companies do not fail because the people aren’t smart enough to figure out how to write software. Software companies fail because the people can’t work together. This morning, we experienced that idea directly, personally, and compellingly.
At lunch, Justin, a fellow boot, said today something especially true. Something to the effect of this: “The amazing thing about the environment at DBC is that everyone is here completely. There is no other place they want to be.” Think about what it means to work with people who are all completely and totally engaged in an environment. It’s amazing.
During the afternoon, I paired with Brayden. We were writing an anagram method and had twisted ourselves into a knot. Jesse came over and showed us the Super Mario Bros. Solution. The metaphor is climbing the vine up into the clouds to skip all the knotty complications and slip past on a bed of clouds. Imagine 10 lines of code with half a dozen different variables still with failing tests. Now imagine two methods, each with one line, and all the tests are passing. That’s basically the Super Mario Bros. Solution. Naturally, there’s more to it, but that’s enough for now.
Mid-week. It’s been a chance to catch my breath and prepare to power through the work tomorrow and Friday into the weekend.
It’s a strange feeling: looking forward to wake up early and get back to the office. I love that feeling.