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As a software developer, does your family actually know what you do?

Survey period: 16 Jun 2014 to 23 Jun 2014

Are you "The Social Network" or "Minority Report"? Do they think you play games all day or do you just tell them you play piano in an establishment of disrepute?

Yes, they know clearly what I do1857.36
They have a general idea of what I do1,16246.22
I don't think they really know what I do67426.81
They have no idea what my work involves44717.78
I'm not a software developer.542.15

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Aarti Meswania17-Jun-14 22:53
Aarti Meswania17-Jun-14 22:53 
GeneralThey know what I do .. They understand .. uhmmmm.. I think. Pin
Karen Mitchelle16-Jun-14 16:19
professionalKaren Mitchelle16-Jun-14 16:19 
GeneralRe: They know what I do .. They understand .. uhmmmm.. I think. Pin
SortaCore16-Jun-14 22:21
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GeneralRe: They know what I do .. They understand .. uhmmmm.. I think. Pin
Karen Mitchelle16-Jun-14 23:27
professionalKaren Mitchelle16-Jun-14 23:27 
GeneralRe: They know what I do .. They understand .. uhmmmm.. I think. Pin
Mycroft Holmes18-Jun-14 20:39
professionalMycroft Holmes18-Jun-14 20:39 
GeneralRe: They know what I do .. They understand .. uhmmmm.. I think. Pin
Karen Mitchelle18-Jun-14 21:22
professionalKaren Mitchelle18-Jun-14 21:22 
GeneralHow to piss off the family Pin
Mycroft Holmes16-Jun-14 14:33
professionalMycroft Holmes16-Jun-14 14:33 
AnswerTypical conversation with a loved one... PinPopular
Yvan Rodrigues16-Jun-14 12:23
professionalYvan Rodrigues16-Jun-14 12:23 
Them: I was telling Jim at work about what you do and I gave him your contact info, he's looking for a Web Designer.

Me: Oh. Ummm. I'm not a web designer.

Them: Yeah, but you do web pages.

Me: Actually, I'm an Integrated Technology Solutions Consultant. I solve business problems by engineering custom hardware and software to automa---

Them: ---BUT I've seen you do web pages, and you did that nice site for XYZ Inc.

Me: Well, yeah, but that was part of a bigger project, I was creating an extranet to expose an e-commerce component that I integrated with their legacy back-end information system.

Them: Yeah THAT ONE, that's what I mean, you made it look really nice.

Me: Actually I outsourced the design for that project, I just assembled their---

Them: ---AND you designed that site for ABC Ltd. and it looks nice.

Me: Yeah I guess, but that project had a slim margin and I just made do with my own---

Them: ---PERFECT. I'm sure that would be fine for Jim.

Me: I'm really trying to focus on Industrial Automation. What sort of business is Jim in again?

Them: I think mousetraps..., or maybe its metal scrap...

Me: Uh huh---

Them: ---It might have been house wrap... I wasn't really paying attention.

Me: Right.

Them: He was wondering what it would cost.

Me: Well, I usually don't touch anything for under $5000--

Them: WHOA why does it cost so---

Me: --- well, there are a lot of factors to consider, is it data-driven, there's the cost of writing a proposal, I write a project plan, analyse his needs, define the scope, stakeholders, risks, define metrics for success, I need to hire a designer and a photographer, the content needs to be written and proofread, I do A/B testing and penetration tests, there's documentation to be written, and of course I have to cover the overhead of rent, my assistant, insurance, etc.

Them: No, no, he just needs something simple, can't you just whip something up?

Me: Well, projects that seem simple have a way of bloating into megaproject---

Them: BUT he said a guy from the Yellow Pages called and said they'd do one for $70/month if he bought an ad, and it would have Flash, and---

Me: Well I've seen some of those sites... umm... if that's all he needs I'd say go for---

Them: ---But then he said his nephew was good at computers and he could do it cheap.

Me: Actually that's a great way for young people who are learning to gain experience, he should take him up on---

Them: ---but he wants it to look professional.

Me: Uh huh.

[awkward silence]

Me: Hey! I heard an ad for SquareSpace on TWiT -- it actually sounded like you can make some pretty nice sites from their templates and it's only like $8 a month.

Them: Yeah, I think his business is really going to take off. It's going to be BIG. You know, you need to take these small jobs to build up a reputation---

Me: Actually I'm really well respected among my peers. Remember all those articles I wrote and how well received they were? And I've never had to look for work since I started the business, my skills are actually specialized and there is a lot of demand---

Them: ---look, if you don't want to do it just say so.

Me: I don't want to do---

Them: ---I was just trying to help, and Jim's such a nice guy and I just thought---

Me: Fine. Tell him to email me.

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PSU Steve16-Jun-14 6:43
professionalPSU Steve16-Jun-14 6:43 
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Bassam Abdul-Baki17-Jun-14 2:12
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Gandalf_TheWhite18-Jun-14 11:11
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Generaldepends on who you ask Pin
Dennis E White16-Jun-14 4:24
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GeneralYup Pin
Ron Anders16-Jun-14 3:28
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_Vitor Garcia_16-Jun-14 5:45
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Ron Anders16-Jun-14 15:41
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GeneralCodes Pin
Matt U.16-Jun-14 3:08
Matt U.16-Jun-14 3:08 
GeneralThe problem isn't so much that they don't understand what I do Pin
Dan Neely16-Jun-14 2:44
Dan Neely16-Jun-14 2:44 
GeneralA missing option Pin
Nemanja Trifunovic16-Jun-14 2:24
Nemanja Trifunovic16-Jun-14 2:24 
GeneralNot sure technically... Pin
Cristian Amarie16-Jun-14 2:11
Cristian Amarie16-Jun-14 2:11 
GeneralApparently I'm a Transponster Pin
daleofcourse16-Jun-14 1:16
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Bassam Abdul-Baki16-Jun-14 2:04
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GeneralAll have their ways... Pin
Kornfeld Eliyahu Peter16-Jun-14 0:38
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