10x engineers are a stupid myth.
There's just 1x engineers and 0.1x engineers.
@fribbledom Maybe it's like 10x oscilloscope probes, where they actually attenuate by a factor of ten and the 10x means you need to multiply the results by ten.
@fribbledom There are people who write maintainable, reliable code, and there are people who push prototypes into prod, yell "done is better than perfect!" and leave others to clean up their mess.
@fribbledom Not that I don't believe done is better than perfect or in getting code into users' hands quickly since there's no better way to know how people will use it or how it will behave in reality, but being able to evolve it from that phase to a system that can be maintained and further evolved over the long term is at least as important as being able to ship v1.
@mkb @fribbledom It was rare enough that it's hard to say anything definitive about it, but I think that in general you have to consider it a problem to achieve results through long hours if you want to be able to create reliable services without having to feed them human blood. Otherwise things will always tend to drift toward people overworking themselves, which leads to bad decisions, low-quality code, and burnout.
@fribbledom I've never hit that fave button so fast in my life 😅
I think the closest thing to a real 10x engineer is a force multiplier to the team - humility, good mentoring, good communication, good documentation, good tests all add up to making the whole group work better.
My current team lead is the best engineer I've worked with because he does an amazing job with spec creation. And as we work and new questions come up, we meet with managers and customers to refine and discuss. Far less wasted work than I've ever seen before, and I'm near 20 years as a dev.
@fribbledom I've also met -10x engineers. Usually ex-Microsofties.
@fribbledom Don't forget the NaNx engineers
@fribbledom I fall into the .05x
@fribbledom it's seems a wee bit pompous to declare it like that tbh. There are engineers who have not yet figured out how to use their full potential. And there's people who are better suited to do something else, sure. But I don't think some engineers are inherently ineffective.
Maybe that's just my reading though.
@fribbledom Not to forget the -10x engineers!
@fribbledom oh, so I'm 1/10x engineer 😂
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