The Nomadic Developer: Surviving and Thriving in the World of Technology Consulting is available now. The following will be the general content you should expect in the book:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Why consulting?
Chapter 3: The consultancy taxonomy
Somewhat bumbling and conservative, yet makes a practice of selling dollars for eighty cents and expecting the consultants to pick up the slack. Nice people who, generally, are not going to go very far or expand beyond their core market.
Manages consultants by fear – uses tactics that Machiavelli would blush at to keep consultants in line. Biology – that is – bathroom breaks go on your time report. You would leave, but your self-esteem is so low from working there, that you don’t.
… and so forth, you have seen these entries before… look for a dozen or so more :)
Chapter 4: The secret guide to how technology consulting works
Chapter 5: Getting in – secrets to what consulting firms look for
Chapter 6: What you need to ask before you join
Chapter 7: Surviving
Chapter 8: Thriving
Chapter 9: Some Typical Career Arcs for Technology Consultants
Chapter 10: The Payoff
Chapter 11: How to know it’s not for you
Chapter 12: Thoughts on Consulting from Real Consultants
Appendix A: Consultopia, the Worlds most Ideal Consulting Firm
Appendix B: A Consulting Lexicon
There will be a lot of detail most of which is more than one could communicate through a blog. The goals were ambitious – this book will gives consultants the information they need to understand this business and navigate through the maze that is the many types of companies, clients, and bosses that comprise technology consulting.
The book not only features content from the author, but from other industry consultants and luminaries, including Ted Neward, David Chappelle, Michael Hugos, Jason Bock, Deborah Kurata, Bruce Eckel, Derik Whittaker, and Chris Williams – as well as a forward by Rockford Lhotka.