Not Invented Here syndrome (NIH) is the guilty pleasure that tempts engineering teams into creating bespoke approaches to problems that have already been solved. Even having your eyes opened to the temptation doesn’t immunize you from it. So, how do you know whether a bespoke solution warrants the effort or if it’s just plain hubris?
Meet Kevin Fodness. Kevin joined Alley as a principal software developer in May, 2016, and is now an indispensable contributor on projects such as People.com and the WordPress Apple News plugin. Here he shares a peek at his home workspace in Hudson Falls, New York — check out his “pet” Marimo ball in the fishbowl! — and answers a few fun questions.
What “lesson from childhood” do you still live by today?
To do your best at whatever job or task you have, whether it’s building rockets or mopping floors.
What’s your favorite family tradition?
Our annual long weekend in Bolton Landing to celebrate my wife and son’s birthdays (3 days apart) in February, which we call “Winterfest.” 2017 will be the fifth year running. We invite family and friends, make a lot of good food, go sledding, and enjoy the fireplace.
What songs best describes you or your work ethic?
Word Crimes—”Weird Al” Yankovic
What was your first job?
Paperboy for The Danville News in Danville PA
What was your favorite game as a kid?
Final Fantasy VI