My “pay me what you think I was worth” tour

Enrique Comba Riepenhausen (@ecomba on twitter) has been demonstrating an interesting style of making a living. He travels around the world, working with companies as a programmer. When he’s done, he tells them to pay him what he was worth. That’s pretty much it.

I like strange ideas and relationships more personal than transactional, so I’d like to do this too. Here’s what I’m thinking:

  • I’d like to program for you as a temporary, on-site member of the team. I prefer that to coaching these days, though the latter isn’t out of the question. I’m not bad at Clojure and Ruby1, and my Java skills are adequate. Because I’d expect to spend a lot of time pair programming, the language isn’t nearly as much of an issue as it would be for solo work.

  • I’d prefer to be in one place for one to three weeks, though longer or shorter is also possible.

  • I’d like you to commit to paying for travel. (If I’m visiting more than one place on a trip, I’d divide up the responsibility.) I prefer you pay for lodging, but I’m also willing to couch surf (especially on shorter trips).

  • I don’t care all that much about working on cool technology or products. I do care about the atmosphere of the team, because their mood strongly affects my own. I’m looking for teams that are optimistic, enthusiastic, context-driving and cheerfully naive in the way I talk about in this video. That rules out a large number of Enterprise teams, who so often seem incredibly burdened by the institution. (Though that does mean that the rare optimistic etc. enterprise team would be particularly tempting.)

  • I have a chance to run my Top-down TDD in Clojure workshop in Oslo, Norway, in September, so I’m especially interested in European companies so that I can spend a month over there.

If you’re interested, please mail me.

1If you’d like to see a sample of my Clojure work, here’s Midje. I can’t show you the Ruby code I’m happiest with, but you can look at Critter4Us.

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