That line was taken from Making it Big in Software by Sam Lightstone. I really love this book and since I have read it I have used it frequently as my little hidden consultant and mentor. The great thing about the book is it really is a mentor because it literally hits on every aspect of my job at IBM. I do have a primary team at IBM but the reality is I am on many teams. Management teams, documentation teams, test teams, development teams, sales teams, etc. IBM is a massive company and many times your product or your skill set is required to help any one of those areas – whether its in a new sale or a critical situation with a large customer – you can get called on at any time. The book goes into talking about the difference between School and Profession – where it states how school makes you be selfish in your ideas and work while the professional world is the exact opposite – teamwork prevails!
So once again, I highly recommend this book but I also want to give my readers the importance of working as a team. I love sharing information and I love giving credit where credit is due, heck I love it when the team creates something amazing or does something well. If you are on a software team, remember…. it is a team sport!