Rely on HN: How is your company coaching you to become a greater developer/engineer?

I constantly belief the interval of time “10x engineer” used to be completely light in job adverts. Nobody I know refers to themselves (and even thinks of themselves) as a “?x engineer”, except or no longer it is for advertising purposes in which case it is likely you’ll per chance to boot place 100x for ideally suited measure.

The “finest” engineer on this planet would potentially expose you that “the completely thing that they know is that they know nothing”. They would per chance moreover enlighten that essentially the most precious thing that they’ve learned over their occupation is humility. There would possibly per chance be continually going to be one thing fresh and radiant to learn, issues will constantly be breaking around you, a counterfeit prophet will push at the moment’s ideology to sunset yesterday’s. The completely thing that it is likely you’ll per chance enact is to constantly be resourceful, to grow holistically as a particular person, and abet others grow to boot. Take care of far flung from any company that tries to distill these virtues within banal displays and take a look at-the-box coaching sessions. It’s miles greater to quiz an unassuming looking out particular person within the corporate within the occasion that they’ve grown as a particular person, who helped them, and whom are they helping enact the same. Lovely luck!

I’m a 10x engineer. I the truth is possess the superior ability to expose you that a venture is going to cost 10x the time/funds, and why you don’t need it, and would possibly per chance well quiet potentially focal level on the frightening 1x belief.

In the occasion it is likely you’ll per chance like a flash take care of actuality and derive a pair of of the lovely stuff available, I have faith then you is on occasion a 10x. Even supposing this makes the scope 2x and you is susceptible to be stunning 5x then

But while you claim to be a 10x you’d be ready to enact their 1x belief in 1/10th of the time wouldn’t you?

I don’t thoughts calling myself a 10x engineer, nonetheless it completely’s for sure greater when others enact so. 😉

In spite of all the pieces I’m relatively bored with this counterfeit humility norm. Looks to me it’s principally about redistributing the fruits of in fashion labors from those that focal level on the craft and preserve a scrutinize at to provide a boost to their productiveness, in direction of the socially focused “humility experts”. I great preserve working with cocky 10x engineers in preference to those humility policing 1x ones…

The dispute in my trip is that cocky attitudes have a tendency to unfold and it creates a surely provocative work atmosphere.

You moreover possess to preserve the Dunning-Kruger end into fable, where most developers don’t appear to be ready to own in thoughts themselves precisely. In our work we have a tendency to gaze thing as “precise” and “scandalous”. I most continuously gain folk with a pair of years of trip to be the worst. They’ve sufficient trip to recognise that they are extra knowledgable than juniors, nonetheless lack the total tell.

Some even come out of reviews this form, on fable of they’re light to being the smartest in their class and possess built up their egos. “Why is the ragged shitty code written this form, they are going to must had been insensible? We favor to rewrite it within the framework I read about within the blog closing week”. Only trip will educate them that issues are no longer that straight forward. In the occasion that they are no longer exposed to the precise working environments in their first jobs, they are going to unfold this negativity for years till they (optimistically) grow as persons.

Skilled tip: If one thing seems unnecessarily advanced, there would possibly per chance well surely be a reason within the lend a hand of it. In the case where it is fundamental to rewrite/refactor working precise code, compose no longer are attempting to negatively push down others to enhance your possess feeling of superiority. Take care of the arguments as blueprint as that it is likely you’ll per chance have faith. In the occasion you possess tracked the code to particular individuals, at least consult with them in personal first to fetch their enter in its place of assuming finest.

Thanks for this. These are all true issues. But why is the reply that I trade my behaviour?

Right here is precisely what I’m bored with: On fable of utterly different folk are assholes with enormous ragged egos who enact no longer understand their situation on this planet… I the truth is possess to trade? No, they’ve to trade.

Putting this on me stunning glosses over and prolongs the true dispute: That loads of americans with ragged enormous egos need to luxuriate in they’re no longer all that and come down to earth.

honestly from reading how you write about your self, I would true away drop you into the “thinks extra extremely of themselves than they ought”. Bucket. Those who call themselves excessive performing hardly ever are in my trip. Or no longer it is far the in fashion-or-garden folk that learn and grow for the enjoyment of it who the truth is shine.

Being proud of your abilities and accomplishments is no longer mutually unfamiliar with curiosity and joy of finding out.

Extra in total: Your perceived correlations are no longer essentially causal relationships.

I agree with this, one of the issues I totally hate seeing (on this web site, no much less) is the entire “imposter syndrome”. Or no longer it is in total humble bragging.

Right here is my power and I’m totally greater at it than most. There is many of issues I’m totally inadequate at, this aint one of ’em.

The lie that being humble is a virtue is one thing or no longer it is fundamental to unlearn.

Essentially while you received’t cry about how colossal your work is how can you query anyone else to care about it.

I have faith or no longer it is far a advertising thing. I’d call myself that if i had been attending a job interview per chance and making an strive to promote myself.

I would no longer call myself that if I had been talking to a junior developer and helping him with one thing that’s provocative sufficient to sap his self assurance.

> In spite of all the pieces I’m relatively bored with this counterfeit humility norm.

It’s a topic of where you focal level your humility.

Your accomplishments and deliveries? Completely market how they’re 10X impacts than the norm. No need to designate them “10X” for sure. Point out their impacts, and the affect craters on dispute areas designate themselves. And thereby you fetch labeled.

How great you rely on everybody around you they most continuously in turn rely on you? Completely show humility right here. In the present day time, 10X impacts compose no longer happen continuously till entire teams are coordinating together over lengthy intervals of time.

The tips tree in our alternate is effectively countless in all directions now. Regardless of how wide your attain, there are constantly extra themes you possess no longer been exposed to. Regardless of how deep your “T” stem areas, there would possibly per chance be continually extra depth to plumb even while you is susceptible to be on the decreasing edge, for the normal limits of physics is the completely precise bottom of that trench.

Humility is in total fundamental when offering to abet others and organically acquire abet from others to mutually duvet everybody’s gaps across this functionally countless canvas of recordsdata when taking down objectives together.

> Humility is in total fundamental when offering to abet others and organically acquire abet from others to mutually duvet everybody’s gaps across this functionally countless canvas of recordsdata when taking down objectives together.

I compose no longer know… Folks possess a surely tough tendency to promote cultural norms that will manufacture them successful. So the socially focused “humility experts” are looking out for to manufacture the sport about humility. Regarded as one of their IMHO much less moral moves is to sabotage others who enact no longer are looking out for to play their game.

I’m ideally suited at writing machine and leading machine teams. I favor the sport to be about that: the machine. I the truth is possess no dispute what so ever with folk being proud of their work. I’m no longer going to refuse to abet anyone on fable of I compose no longer think they’re humble sufficient. It will most likely most likely per chance on no fable even contaminated my thoughts. It will most likely most likely per chance defeat the neutral: growing colossal machine.

> Regarded as one of their IMHO much less moral moves is to sabotage others who enact no longer are looking out for to play their game.

Oh, these are straight up assholes in a special garments of the week. Yeah, after I determine this sort of, I route around them if I’m in a position to, or they gain that my teams and I will completely work with them on a surely formalized, documented within the originate, by the e book, unfailingly sure and well mannered foundation. If I the truth is possess to, the juniors I tell will see their work that is unavoidably interfacing with such folk championed by utterly different managers and me.

It vastly slows down the shipping tempo around acknowledged particular person, nonetheless I’ve stumbled on no utterly different reply when I’m compelled to work with them as they’re fully toxic to work with in another case. This sort of particular person will gain the Nash equilibrium adjusts the extra they provide up acknowledged habits, nonetheless in my trip I’ve on no fable viewed this sort of forms turn totally around (nonetheless that will per chance stunning be a feature of completely consulting and no longer sticking around lengthy sufficient to search out out).

As a insensible 10x engineer, I once tried being on the job 1/10th the hours of my colleagues and I quiet ended up outproducing them by an record of magnitude. I didn’t fable for the proven truth that they atomize loads of time doing unrelated tasks, like meetings, leaving completely a fragment of their day to fetch one thing executed.

For a pair of of us meetings are 90% of the job.

I principally integrate with utterly different teams’ providers and products. Most of my time is talking with them (in “Conferences”) about their API and reading by their documentation.

Code is like 10% of my week, per chance 20-25% if I’m starting with a fresh service.

Mine too for the time being. Extra proof of my dumbness.

Or no longer it is far a laugh that we are in a position to integrate with originate provide APIs with none disaster, even when there would possibly per chance be continuously great extra complexity concerned, with out ever talking to the particular person/folk within the lend a hand of it, nonetheless as soon as its within a single organization it turns true into a game to search out pointless busy work to have the hours.

It’s no longer pointless, scrutinize on the entire contaminated functional work it is likely you’ll per chance place on a pair of engineers’ perf critiques.

how is that insensible of you? even as a salaried employee your time is within the atomize what you’re selling to your employer. you stunning reduced your cost of issues by 10.

Nicely, I will possess moreover place in 1/10th of the work, no longer stunning 1/10th of the hours, and matched their output. Moreover, I’m stunning naturally insensible.

decreasing the standard results the perception of the standard of your product. i don’t think it’s magnificent to enact that.

i’m uncommon while you’re being facetious, though, attributable to a that it is likely you’ll per chance have faith resentment of your co employees. IF you’re doing that, endure in thoughts you’re stunning being paid to enact YOUR job. management is conscious of who the performers are.

Why would quality be reduced? Producing 1x output can quiet be of excessive quality.

What fetch of resentment would there be in direction of my coworkers? I’m no longer sure where emotions would be coming into play the least bit, now to no longer enlighten sick emotions.

Or they’d are attempting to work as great as that it is likely you’ll per chance have faith, earning 10-10000x bigger than everybody else does.

The interval of time doesn’t come from folk calling themselves 10x engineers.

It used to be from a gape that showed enormous variations in efficiency across machine engineers, up to 10x.

The gape has been criticized barely of since then nonetheless I have faith the critics leave out the level. Regardless if it is 2x or 10x, or someplace in between, these variations enact exist.

The suits appear to think or no longer it is about how like a flash they form or how focused they’re, nonetheless right here’s for sure nonsense. Some engineers possess such deep recordsdata of their tech stack they steer obvious of making dear errors, or expend functions in their stack that will per chance in another case fetch re-performed within the codebase. This can manufacture them extra like 100x developers.

As an illustration, we had sluggish predict efficiency in Postgres. I (a 1x engineer) couldn’t optimise the predict, so I advised building out a caching layer, with an estimate of two-3 weeks. My colleague (a 10x engineer) light a window feature that took about an hour.

Possibly from their standpoint, I’m a -10x engineer.

I believed it used to be from Peopleware. They claimed they stumbled on the final result by performing coding wargames among knowledgeable programmers within the 80s.

They claim that the true are 10x greater than the worst nonetheless completely 2.5x greater than the median. Moreover programmers from the same organizations had very equivalent efficiency. I.e. there potentially is rarely a 10x incompatibility in efficiency within your company.

The e book claims equivalent distributions when you measure many forms of human efficiency, so I would no longer be very much surprised if there had been many reviews that replicated the in fashion belief.

The gape used to be of college students, no one has a considerable belief of how that the truth is correlates to knowledgeable work.

Myself for my part, I compose no longer think it does, no longer on fable of some folk don’t appear to be naturally greater at programming than others, nonetheless on fable of at some level the fundamental decisions are unrelated to programming and are extra about systemic decisions at a wholistic level.

I have faith the -10x engineer is extra in fashion, and therefore this fashion has has extra total affect, than the +10x form.

> The “finest” engineer on this planet would potentially expose you that “the completely thing that they know is that they know nothing”

This stunning tells me that the engineer in query is wonderful, nonetheless moreover has imposter syndrome.

You’re going to no longer “own” 10x engineer. You either possess work ethic otherwise you compose no longer. In the occasion you possess the work ethic, while you is susceptible to be disciplined, while you the truth is trip programming and the feature/machine you work on – then you possess the capability to be greater than engineers who enter this line of work purely and completely for the money.

That is what makes the incompatibility. And no company can manufacture you like the machine you is susceptible to be making, to be disciplined while you compose no longer put together your self so and to the truth is like and trip what you manufacture. It will most likely most likely per chance be such as brainwashing.

>no company can manufacture you like the machine you is susceptible to be making

But or no longer it is price pointing out that an organization can manufacture you detest the machine you is susceptible to be making.

I’m in a position to confidently enlighten some form of pleasant nonetheless agency “work trainer” would possibly per chance well 2-3x my efficiency.

> I distinguish four forms. There are suave, hardworking, insensible, and indolent officers. Usually two traits are mixed. Some are suave and hardworking; their situation is the Traditional Group. The next ones are insensible and indolent; they manufacture up 90 p.c of every army and are suited to routine tasks. Anybody who’s every suave and indolent is certified for the ideally suited management tasks, on fable of he possesses the mental readability and power of nerve fundamental for provocative decisions. One need to watch out for anyone who’s every insensible and hardworking; he need to no longer be entrusted with any accountability on fable of he’ll constantly completely reason inconvenience.[32]

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As anyone with ADHD, it’s fetch of unhappy that I’ll hit some occupation ceiling on fable of I’m in a position to’t fetch myself to place within the work.

ADHD is rarely an excuse. I the truth is possess ADD. The completely thing that separates me from anyone who doesn’t is it takes 20-half-hour or so of being distracted ahead of getting into into “hyper focal level” mode and getting issues executed. Yeah, it took some extra time to search out a gig I loved on fable of I’m in a position to no longer focal level on bullshit, nonetheless now that I the truth is possess it I’m ready to fetch the some work executed by the level standup hits as any utterly different particular particular person.

> ADHD is rarely an excuse. I the truth is possess ADD. The completely thing that separates me from anyone who doesn’t is it takes 20-half-hour or so of being distracted ahead of getting into into “hyper focal level” mode and getting issues executed.

This works for some issues nonetheless no longer occupied with me. Moreover there’ll not be any longer any universal add or adhd trip.

For me the incompatibility between work ethic on adhd meds versus with out is night time and day.

I’m no longer indolent with out them, or no longer it is stunning all of my energy can fetch consumed by a million utterly different issues than the process at hand.

That sounds like quitting ahead of even attempting. If I had been you, I’d first expend every that it is likely you’ll per chance have faith option I the truth is possess at my disposal to become greater ahead of calling it quits.

It’s likely you’ll per chance most definitely need ADHD nonetheless it is likely you’ll per chance also adjust to it and work around it. Assign no longer call it stop till you literally expend all the pieces it is likely you’ll per chance.

> It’s likely you’ll per chance most definitely need ADHD nonetheless it is likely you’ll per chance also adjust to it and work around it.

Most can no longer surely work around it within the sense I have faith you point out.

If everybody else prioritizing and doing work us like walking, for anyone with ADHD or no longer it is like walking underwater.

No longer completely is it great extra difficult nonetheless:

– it seems and feels ineffective

– or no longer it is fundamental to pause progress to come lend a hand up for air iften

– when comparing to others or no longer it is easy to the truth is feel indolent and fetch demotivated

As anyone with ADHD, gain a job that works for you.

For me, the fashion teams are structured where I worked there where 2 facets, originate and toughen.

Develop specializes in fresh builds. One venture, till or no longer it is launched. That did no longer work for me.

Pork up is projects that are already launched that need fresh issues built out, upkeep, and many others.

Novel builds is on occasion backend dev, front end and one which can enact barely of every. Pork up most continuously has a dev per 5 purchasers.

I appreciated being within the toughen facet and floating to fresh originate as fundamental for my trip. Whereas most utterly different teams possess a dev per 5 purchasers, I was ready to automate functions of the upkeep and on my possess I dealt with 35 purchasers.

I worked with the management on the corporate. I was ready to own my possess division afterwards. I had the ears of everybody.

With 35 purchasers, I was switching the entire time. Priorities shift. Desires shift. It used to be colossal for my ADHD brain. Blast some quick moving song and originate my day.


Obtain what works for you. Enact it is fundamental to switch it up most continuously? Enact you would like issues written out and longer projects? How does your ADHD brain work?

My accomplice has ADHD and does surely well with the jobs she’s had. I’d with out issues call her a 10x engineer in her self-discipline. I’m no longer sure how well it is likely you’ll per chance translate this to an arbitrary job, nonetheless one thing that appears to abet her is doing labeled work. She quiet gets distracted, nonetheless she doesn’t fetch distracted by Reddit and Hacker news, on fable of they’re no longer available on the network she’s engaged on. She gets distracted by ragged documentation troves, reading extra of her possess product’s code dangerous, finding out test cases, surely looking out on the logs of the entire in a single day regression test failures that utterly different developers ignore. Absorb all of that tribal recordsdata that most continuously takes years and even a long time to amass. (Or no longer it is moreover a surely ragged authorities program she’s concerned on, so a entire bunch historic previous and context to preserve in.)

Or no longer it is far rarely as great about placing within the work, nonetheless it completely’s about placing within the precise work and on the precise 2d.I’ve know some ideally suited programmers with ADHD. They had been per chance no longer constantly essentially the most energetic within the lend a hand of their computer, nonetheless when it mattered they obtained extra work executed than everybody else.

> Or no longer it is far rarely as great about placing within the work, nonetheless it completely’s about placing within the precise work and on the precise 2d.

A great deal of fact right here. Over and over or no longer it is nigh very unlikely to work at 8am, nonetheless at 2pm I’m in a position to virtually constantly be productive.

I would possibly per chance well need one thing that will per chance abet. (I’m surely no longer sure, nonetheless no inconvenience in pointing out it.)

I’m fetch of within the same boat. I compose no longer surely like the originate-provide machine I’m paid to manufacture. Some combination of that, my ADD, and per chance burnout, manufacture it surely laborious to drag away at growing that machine. I the truth is possess no query the ennui severely dings my productiveness.

Then a pair of weekends ago, I started working with some originate-provide machine that’s adjacent to my day job. I fetch to work at my possess tempo, focal level on the functions that keenness me, and many others. I’m surely enjoying myself.

I see two that it is likely you’ll per chance have faith advantages to this weekend enlighten:

(1) Or no longer it is helping me to trip programming all once more.

(2) If I’m surely lucky, the records and/or machine I’m growing will become relevant to my day job. I have faith that will per chance manufacture my day job plenty extra fun.

Or no longer it is quiet that it is likely you’ll per chance have faith, stunning the path is utterly different to most. There are occupation/executive feature/ADHD coaches who specialise in abilities. Discovering one is the laborious part, nonetheless quiz around for ideas and scrutinize in to ADHD toughen groups. A first price coach will be ready to level you within the precise direction and you would constantly trade who you see.

Whereas I agree with all you acknowledged, I preserve the conclusion that intelligence is principally sure by delivery (potentially genes).

In enlighten that is susceptible to be a limiting ingredient even when your work ethic is excessive.

But there are plenty with average inteligence with ideally suited work ethic and ideally suited productiveness. I have faith work ethic is one thing to be cultivated individually and has principally no bearing in genetics.

> You’re going to no longer “own” 10x engineer. You either possess work ethic otherwise you compose no longer.

I compose n o longer think that anyone who believes within the “10x engineer” (myself integrated) thinks it has one thing to enact in anyway with how great they work, or their perspective toward the work. “Work ethic” means that or no longer it is about how great effort they resolve to place into it, and that’s the reason nothing to enact with it. 10x engineers will enact extra per hour than median engineers, whether they work one hour or ten in a day.

I the truth is had been a a part of coaching sessions in my earlier organisations, nonetheless in my gaze, coaching is no longer going to own a 10x engineers.


A great deal of the coaching sessions I attended or light to happen in my organisation had been on quite in fashion themes. All these themes would possibly per chance well also be with out issues learnt by ability of any utterly different medium like youtube.

As an different, I the truth is possess viewed pair programming or code-critiques making greater engineers. The organisation light to trade the pair programming partners every dawdle making us understand fresh ways of working every time. Plus reading utterly different’s code in code critiques exposes you to fresh patterns making you greater at writing code.

Yup. For practically one thing, modeling habits is much extra effective than coaching. Hiring well and having advanced issues to treatment is what makes engineers greater.

I the truth is possess worked with a “10x” engineer.

How enact you watched a personnel of fashioned (1x) engineers will feature while you add a 10x engineer to it?

I’m my case it used to be like placing a car riding 100 mph where the price restrict is 10 mph. A inconvenience.

I have faith that a 10x engineer would possibly per chance well work by myself in isolation.

Frightful in my trip a 10x engine would moreover no longer feature in a personnel of utterly different 10x engineers. Or no longer it is fundamental to possess total push aside for what others think and enact if or no longer it is one thing like my trip.

I agree that coaching, in in fashion, is no longer surely effective. Or no longer it is fundamental to surely expend the issues you would want got been coaching for straight away afterwards to own any profit. If 2 – 3 weeks glide by, you would want got already forgotten loads of the coaching.

How my company is making an strive to take care of that is by growing a library of self-paced coaching modules maintained by machine engineers, and facilities to abet anyone enact that. I’m no longer sure or no longer it would possibly per chance per chance per chance compose exactly what the OP is asking about, nonetheless I have faith or no longer it is greater than decisions.

We moreover possess a personal Stack Alternate server, frequent tech meetups, within toughen slack channels and a bunch of utterly alternative ways to work along with within platform teams that abet relatively barely.

Aloof, or no longer it is fundamental to run the run and resolve issues out on your possess on the end of the day.

The corporations I the truth is possess worked at did nothing to put together folk to become greater. It used to be all about being lucky to possess a supervisor or lead who mentored folk. A great deal of americans possess these purposes on paper nonetheless I haven’t viewed them performed effectively.

I strongly have faith while you would preserve to manufacture it in this alternate you possess be self motivated to educate your self and manufacture relationships with doable mentors. Nothing will come out of your employer.

I have been known as a 10xer ahead of, and I’m the completely one in my company currently at that level. We’re an info company first and machine 2d.

Trainings compose no longer work. What does work is pair programming nonetheless or no longer it is fundamental to enact this effectively. Teach you possess 3 buckets, frontend, backend and infrastructure. Ideally, it is fundamental to pair anyone who has very plump infrastructure and backend buckets, with anyone who has an overflowing frontend bucket. Mix’n’match. There will not be any longer any cost in pairing two extra backend oriented engineers together.

There is moreover free of payment in categorizing issues in frontend and backend, while you stunning possess a frontend engineer that throws issues over the hedge to the backenders garden, you is susceptible to be going to possess a shit shoveling contest and this doesn’t work. For sure, it is likely you’ll per chance quiet quiet possess folk surely knowledgeable in obvious domains, nonetheless it is likely you’ll per chance quiet are attempting to part recordsdata within your personnel as great as that it is likely you’ll per chance have faith and preserve a scrutinize at to expand’s folk trip in its place of having folk work on their very possess cramped islands. Pair anyone with a backend background on a massive frontend designate with an skilled frontender and ahead of it it is likely you’ll per chance per chance possess two plump stack engineers that’ll most definitely grow to become a “10x” or whatever that means.

Code critiques are excessive and or no longer it is fundamental to possess anyone in your personnel that carries a massive stick and is rarely panicked to expend it. Right here’s a sensitive thing I’ve seen, I’ve worked at corporations where I wasn’t the completely 10x engineer, and the code critiques there had been a joy on fable of I was getting very precious ideas. It wasn’t so great that my code used to be scandalous, nonetheless extra one thing like `{} as MyInterface` would possibly per chance well moreover be written as `{}`. There had been loads of fashion linked feedback. What I idea in my sleek personnel is that individuals surely feel like right here’s pointless, nonetheless I constantly felt like it is precious when one other engineer suggests one thing like “per chance it is likely you’ll per chance abstract this?” on fable of it introduces an even bigger tell that I couldn’t possess belief to be ahead of. Or no longer it is very loathsome to lift the enormous stick, nonetheless I surely feel like if I dont, we’re going to return to the ragged patterns of no longer writing tests, no longer occupied with structure.. Those forms of issues.

You acknowledged loads of issues, many I agree and possess skilled to boot, nonetheless on no fable answered OP. How enact you own 10x engineers? Nicely it is likely you’ll per chance’t. And also you most definitely shouldn’t are attempting. In the occasion you’re 10x someplace it ability you’re at a situation with a fundamental (I.e. 10x) talents mismatch between folk within the personnel. It’s no longer fun for anyone, the corporate and personnel become too reckoning on you, and you skew any ability to venture how lengthy work would preserve on all facets by your presence.

The true guess for every parties would be they gain locations “where they belong” – while you preserve in thoughts your self 10x ie the smartest particular person within the room, it is fundamental to gape a greater room on your self where that’s no longer the case.

But that is the reply, in that there’ll not be any longer any reply 🙂 And agreed, it is constantly a mismatch. But I enact think that with what I acknowledged, that’d be the muse to own a 10x engineer. That is how I grew to become one, on fable of I was matched with folk of that skill level and obtained to work true away along with them for years. And if I’m 10x by my company’s standards, glide resolve how ideally suited these guys had been 😉

You are precise in a ability, nonetheless you is susceptible to be lacking the “10x in contrast to what?”. Take care of in thoughts the 1x baseline as being the median productiveness of your pattern personnel (which is for sure laborious to approximate, nonetheless for the sake of the enlighten let’s preserve ‘cost-added tickets per developer’ [which excludes bugs/rework]). Then the neutral is to enact 10x on this median in a cheap interval of time. Rince and repeat.

My sleek company tries nonetheless does it very poorly.

I work for the so-known as “machine condo”. They preserve on asking if I are looking out for to enact a cloud cert but they compose no longer surely provide any direction materials nor allow me to preserve time with out work to focal level on finding out. Right here’s a surely in fashion sample for these certs and I’ve viewed the same in other locations to boot; there is constantly anyone who desires you to fetch that certificates nonetheless you is susceptible to be on no fable surely supplied with one thing to can allow you attain that neutral. It makes it surely feel like your entire ordeal is pointless to originate with.

Lately the consumer I work for started transferring to Kubernetes, which we did no longer expend previously. It took my company 6 months to put together a Kubernetes direction for us. The actual particular person that ready that direction used to be a barely inexperienced engineer from an one other personnel that on no fable light Kubernetes in manufacturing. The engineer himself tried his finest nonetheless within the end that particular person used to be no longer a surely ideally suited trainer (which I surely feel is the natural final result, this particular person used to be no longer employed to put together direction work) and we on no fable moved previous the tutorial level recordsdata-brilliant. For my part I obtained nothing out of attending these sessions with the exception of the authorized responsibility of having to work on tasks linked to Kubernetes (previously we didn’t work on them as it used to be understood that now we possess no coaching, nonetheless now that now we possess “coaching” we are presupposed to amass up that work). I surely feel like I was tricked.

Any discussion on why this used to be an inhouse coaching? Why no longer stunning desire a pair of udemy classes for everybody? For that topic they would possibly be able to stunning come up with a youtube playlist after which possess doubt fixing sessions. Would had been much less dear than paying an engineer for half a year.

They did it on fable of the corporate coverage is to manufacture in-condo coaching if that it is likely you’ll per chance have faith. At the originate we had been to fetch it ASAP, nonetheless then ASAP grew to become “soon” and “soon” grew to become “6 months”. The engineer in query is stunning a conventional engineer, they beautiful handed him the extra accountability.

Both manner, they are going to possess stunning paid an one other company to fetch us a true direction nonetheless they’d relatively faux they’ve competent devs in preference to surely possess competent devs.

Sadly or no longer it is moreover tied to company politics. If I fetch this pointless cert this is in a position to per chance fetch listed as an “accomplishment” which helps in getting a lift / promotion.

We now possess an in-condo psychologist who does traditional _confidential_ 1:1 chats with folk. Extra most continuously within the occasion that they need.

The incompatibility between them and a flee-of-the-mill exterior psych is that they would possibly be able to surely have an effect on company coverage (for true – hiring them used to be the CEOs belief). They moreover know the corporate and the folk there, which helps plenty in understanding folk’s chemistry and habits.

In addition the corporate reimburses for all exterior coaching classes taken which it is likely you’ll per chance even in some manner enlighten are linked to what you is susceptible to be doing – or are looking out for to enact at work.

Does this manufacture everybody 10x? Nope. Has it made a massive incompatibility within the fashion I work? Certain.

We employed some Agile consultants and we’re carefully invested in whatever fad the C Suite read in a management e book or HBR this week.

I’m anticipating superior results any time now

We moreover employed some Agile consultants, nonetheless a pair of months ago. Sadly, it took our C-suite completely 3 months to desert the path of the samurai, erhm, I intended: the path to Agility.

1. The trip

The trip with the consultants used to be surely look for-opening. I will are attempting to tell it under.

Since day one, with out having great understanding of how and why we are organized, the consultants started seeing iss ues, and, oh what accident, they’d the solutions for every-single-thing that they seen. They tried to convince us, in no particular record, that our issues had been:

– No longer following Scrum well sufficient. That persevered till we requested for specifics what a part of Scrum we’re no longer following well sufficient. Surprisingly, they didn’t possess a ready reply for that after which dropped it.

– No longer following SAFE. Scaled Agile For the Enterprise sounded ideally suited to our C Suite, nonetheless the consultants played themselves by announcing they would possibly be able to abet us implement it. Our management, stunning like a gazelle seeing an encroaching predator, steer clear off the entice.

– No longer having Agile coaches on a fulltime payroll. Wager who’s an agile coach that can work fulltime for us? That used to be easy to see by, our C Suite will turn their nose at one thing that means spending extra money, so that they had been naturally resistant to that come.

– Some Miyagi-Enact level stuff about talking greater which used to be barely fuzzy to me. I yell the Agile coaches possess to…be in contact greater? One can recall to mind which possess as a lesson, and that by talking badly, completely on neutral, the agile coaches showed us the associated rate of ideally suited verbal substitute! That is some black-belt level stuff!

2. Cracks delivery to expose

Issues started souring within the three-rd month, when our management started getting impatient seeing any ends up in efficiency. Occupying all your engineering teams for days every week surprisingly had the reverse end on efficiency that our C-level hoped for. Then management moreover obtained wind of the agile coaches’ vision of a “ideally suited Agile company”. Based on them, to be Agile (capitalization intentional), every of our teams fundamental to possess:

– A Product Owner

– A Scrum Master (a faithful particular person that ONLY does Scrum Master-ing)

– Agile Coach

– Group Lead (responsible for developers’ issue)

– Tech Lead (responsible for tech decisions)

– Builders, if the funds enables

Whereas we had completely POs and Builders, with rotating Scrum Master position, with one developer being the Tech/Group lead. The probability of having to rent extra folk to have all these Agile roles spooked our C suite to such extent so that they totally deserted the entire Agile belief and let glide of the coaches. And stunning like that, Agility used to be no longer spoken about since.

3. The implications

Three months later, hundreds of $$$ and folk spending their time in meetings, the implications can be in contact for themselves:

– now we possess spent hundreds of $$$

– folk spent their time in meetings

Based on what you wrote, I have faith it is likely you’ll per chance per chance see equivalent interesting results! Onward to Agility!

By having no pure managers.

All americans who’s a supervisor actively makes self reliant contributions for a no longer-insignificant a part of their work-week.

So, when now we possess 1-on-1s with them, we are in a position to surely discuss enchancment avenues from the same vantage level. No longer some spreadsheet pushing supervisor who has no clue the true design to measure engineer-productiveness or efficiency.

Once they enact code critiques, their feedback serve as a fundamental finding out opportunity, pointing out ideally suited practices/conventions, and many others.

And at closing, when you disagree, or no longer it is backed by the validity of your aspects as 2 engineers, in preference to their authority as a supervisor vs you, their articulate fable.

As a supervisor I in total let the worker lead the 1:1 discussion and we are agile so situation of work is rarely critical since that’s executed at standup. What would your ideally suited frequency and themes be for a 1:1? Enact you query productiveness or efficiency for machine engineering to possess measurements?

My ideally suited 1:1 is set once a month. In particular in excessive-ownership teams, it is likely you’ll per chance glide days with out surely talking to folk with the exception of a 10-15 min register call.

So, or no longer it is most continuously nice to possess periodic validation that you is susceptible to be keeping precise to the direction / indication that it is fundamental to manufacture a pair of minor adjustments, and many others. That is on your facet.

From your supervisor’s facet, within the occasion that they gain one thing is rarely working, they compose no longer need to wait on 3/6 months to enlighten it up at which level there would possibly per chance be rarely great it is likely you’ll per chance enact to fetch lend a hand the misplaced productiveness.

This 100%. Assign no longer derive a supervisor plight except you fetch to proceed being an engineer.

Turning true into a 10x engineer is extra about psychology than it is about IT talents.It’s miles set doing the precise thing within the precise context, about verbal substitute and about planning.Build a 10x engineer in a brand fresh company where they expend utterly different languages and frameworks, and lastly he/she’s going to become a 10x engineer all once more.

So I compose no longer see great profit in coaching, what works great greater is finding out by example. Build junior engineers in a personnel with a 10x engineer and within the occasion that they are originate to it, they would possibly be able to like a flash label the same mindset. But ofc this completely works if the 10x engineer is a ideally suited tutor and coach to boot.

Expectations moreover topic. In the occasion you query nothing from folk, while you infantilize them, while you spoon feed them all the pieces, while you on no fable query them to resolve one thing out that is extra complex than what you already explained to them, then it is likely you’ll per chance per chance on no fable fetch folk to be 10x engineers. You’re going to fetch the worst quality.

Jam the expectation precise, treat folk like adults, query that the particular person you is susceptible to be paying and employing as an adult engineer is an adult engineer in a position to fixing their very possess issues, they most continuously’re going to resolve out how what they need to enact to meet expectations and label the records they need, whether that be coaching, or stunning google, or stunning looking out at existing code.

Moreover, there desires to be an incentive to be 10x, or at least no longer a disincentive (like hordes of 1x:ers seeing “ideally suited assholes” all over).

> I’m infected by how corporations own 10x engineers.

How enact knowledgeable sports activities golf equipment own 10x athletes? I query the reply is that they compose no longer. They gape out 10x athletes who had been most definitely born with obvious qualities that allow them to stand out above the in fashion-or-garden player. It will most likely most likely per chance be plenty more uncomplicated for them within the occasion that they would possibly per chance well merely resolve any particular person at random, place them by a coaching program, and output a star athlete nonetheless the sphere does no longer appear to work that manner.

I have faith engineering is rarely a entire bunch utterly different.

* Teaching me SQL

* Offering us the coaching and paying for a cloud supplier certification

* It’s a cramped company so personnel discusses all most fundamental tactical decisions

* Offering me the chance to implement and fable a brand fresh nonetheless stunning quick come to structure that I the truth is possess developed over the previous three years in a personal venture

* Right here is completely the 2d time in my occupation that I’m engaged all day (been within the corporate world virtually twenty years). In prior jobs I went to meetings and per chance did 1 hour of work a day. That used to be either on fable of process task used to be in competent or on fable of they weren’t coaching developers which me a 10x developer completely on fable of I enact work on personal projects originate air the office

It seems as if your company is ticking loads of packing containers, they are a keeper obviously. Would you part their title?

The query is whether they would possibly be able to and, in that case, whether it is critical to them.

As hinted in my earlier observation, I compose no longer think they would possibly be able to and I’m moreover no longer convinced that it’d be critical to them within the occasion that they would possibly per chance well.

They need ideally suited engineers. That is executed by hiring and compensation policies. Then, it is moreover critical to preserve and preserve engineers up-to-date by a level of coaching as fundamental.

And atmosphere. If or no longer it is fundamental to wait on meetings or compose no longer possess an office with a door it is likely you’ll per chance shut when it is fundamental to, or no longer it is far plenty extra provocative to enact deep work.

reply is that they shouldnt,

the much less effort exerted globally by the workers the much less expectations will be positioned on them by managers. God forbid folk gain their that means originate air of drudgery on their lords fief.

Dropping me at some level of a confusing, convoluted code dangerous and tasking me with finding my possess manner. lol

Severely, though, even when the code itself has many of room for enchancment, the product is colossal and the personnel is competent and laid lend a hand; they belief me to preserve my time and enact the precise thing, and do not appear to be breathing down my neck to fetch functions out by end of dawdle.

So give me the spaghetti code dangerous with a non-toxic work atmosphere where everybody is devoted to incrementally fixing and bettering it, any day.

My sleek company does a entire bunch coaching. The devs are trained in venture management, personnel building, venture leading.

Particular particular person personnel individuals point out trainings on a topic, and if sufficient folk have an interest they time table a time and enact it. We now possess e book golf equipment, and traditional developer discussion group. All of right here’s inspired and on company time.

There are moreover extra intensive multi day trainings and certifications I haven’t been a part of.

We moreover possess a month-to-month coaching stipend which accumulates.

And many others.

I preserve a pair of of the abilities you is susceptible to be trained on are technical too. Your organization sounds like it does plenty to manufacture engineers, enact you watched or no longer it is paying off regarding rivals or utterly different tech corporations?

If my company desires me to be a venture supervisor, personnel builder of venture leader, they would possibly per chance well quiet possess employed me to be this stuff.

I favor folk would pause using the “10x” interval of time, as it is meaningless. Nobody can negate what x is and even what devices x desires to be in. I received’t even originate–and nor would possibly per chance well quiet I need to–on “engineer.”

The price of a particular person engaged in machine pattern is very context dependent. In the closing year as an “engineer” in my earlier position, I made a single code commit. A one line configuration trade as a part of an ops rotation. After I launched I was leaving, my supervisor (and his supervisor) used to be unhappy. They threw me a occasion with a personalized cake. How used to be my contribution being measured? I wasn’t managing folk. I wasn’t coding. But I had “built” multiple products.

Anyone once requested me “how enact you show to your folk what it is you enact at work?” I spoke back “I’m in a position to no longer even show it to my boss.”

Of us regarded as 10x in one jam will enter one other jam and appear to fail miserably.

The most fundamental abet is that any even vaguely job-linked coaching would possibly per chance well also be fully expensed. Examination fees for certs would possibly per chance well also be expensed.

> What talents

Currentl y focusing on the cloud.

> Coaching frequency

Regardless of I are looking out for to originate air working hours (expensed), 10-15 p.c of working time for lengthy interval of time coaching (over months), 100% of working time for non everlasting coaching (enlighten a 5 day direction).

> How is your next topic of talents determined?

By me and my supervisor. Long and short interval of time trainings would possibly per chance well quiet be authorized by supervisor, nonetheless I on no fable heard of anyone getting denied for that.

> Is it personalized?

> Are you concerned on the discussion?

Certain, I need to gain and register for the classes myself.

> What are the biggest barriers to your coaching?

Lack of time. For AWS – corp policies are very restrictive so or no longer it is more uncomplicated to bankroll my possess AWS fable for coaching, in preference to expend company’s accounts.

I most continuously compose no longer like the trainings corporations provide to engineers to manufacture them grow. The trainings are focused 100% on the instruments the corporate is using (makes sense), nonetheless I couldn’t are looking out for to learn the hype instruments my company is using for the time being, nonetheless in its place focal level on extra lengthy-interval of time critical recordsdata. As an illustration:

– my company is using DataDog they most continuously provide us coaching on that. Nicely I compose no longer care great about DataDog; I care extra about how metrics work and what’s within the lend a hand of the curtains (e.g., time-series dbs). Possibilities are that DataDog will be long previous soon or, most potentially, it received’t be light when I switch corporations. So, I preserve to focal level on non-hype stuff

– same for particular frameworks we expend at work. In a single of my previous corporations we had been using Laravel. They supplied us coaching on Laravel… nonetheless I stunning couldn’t care much less. I compose no longer expend Laravel anymore (no longer even PHP). I would possess preferred trainings on extra agnostic stuff like structure/construct/algorithms

And like this, a entire bunch equivalent examples. So, the fashion I become a greater engineer is by finding out on my possess principally at some level of working hours nonetheless moreover barely at some level of my possess free time. I read “the classics” (i.e., books every machine engineer would possibly per chance well quiet read), I preserve myself updated with releveant technologies and work on personal projects to solidify my recordsdata. Or no longer it is far a resolve-resolve for every myself and my sleek company (even when my company doesn’t understand).

I agree; I have faith we can expend others nonetheless we’re ‘instructed’ to expend Udemy, which appears to me like a contaminated between the worst of Youtube sigh faces et al. and a few fetch of visa/language/entrance examination cram school. And sure, or no longer it is all surely particular Right here is the true design to level and click on on within the AWS (or whatever) console form of stuff.

“10x engineer,” in my trip, is typified by “hyper-focused engineer who works 16 hour days 7 days every week and is the darling of greater management.”

In my entire occupation (spanning twenty years by the year, 16 years of energetic time), I’ve completely met one engineer who astonished me with his prodigious amount of _correct and clean_ output. However the design back used to be that engineering used to be his entire life; you couldn’t loiter around with him, on fable of all he ever fundamental to discuss used to be engineering.

There is a tradeoff for that fetch of output.

Literally nothing. I’ve on no fable got any fetch of fornal coaching that wasn’t my possess pursuit originate air of work, even when it stood to profit my employer. I’ve got extra coaching at Starbucks than any job doing programming. Besides for 2 days of Agile coaching at an organization gig, which used to be obviously nugatory.

>What talents?

After I have been by the interview process, or no longer it has been very obvious that I the truth is possess tough backend talents nonetheless lack on cloud and DevOps stuff, so that’s what I’m focusing on now.

>Coaching frequency?

As of now, most of my tasks are linked to cloud and CI/CD and, to be precise, I’m enjoying it plenty, or no longer it is extra fun than backend to me as there is loads of sleek issues to explore and learn. I even surely feel like I’d switch from backend pattern to Developer Abilities Engineer, exploring fresh ways to manufacture pattern, attempting out, deployment and initial setup quicker, more uncomplicated and extra savory, since I preserve to think that I know how developers surely feel about our sleek processes and what would possibly per chance well also be improved.

>How is your next topic of talents determined?

I stunning expose my supervisor that there would possibly per chance be some stuff I’d preserve to learn and expose them what is it.

>Is it personalized?


>Are you concerned on the discussion?

I originate it.

>What are the biggest barriers to your coaching?

Most continuously, when I meet a brand fresh process I the truth is possess no clue the true design to even come it, I surely feel barely overwhelmed and unmotivated, so I preserve my time getting ready for it and asking around for initial dispute gape.

I know or no longer it is far rarely very productive, nonetheless it completely’s an savory tempo for me and my company promised me a lift if I get better at cloud, DevOps, Docker and AWS stuff while I’m on my probation.

Now that’s barely too detrimental. For sure the corporate affords coaching, principally for the unusal internally outlined processes and internally developed instruments or machine extensions that bend common instruments in a ability to suit to within definitions.

No longer sure how well my company does at this – our machine division is relatively cramped – nonetheless I have faith bigger than coaching the special sauce is a excessive-belief atmosphere. I have faith that principally on fable of while I’ve on no fable viewed a 1X programmer become a 10X programmer, I the truth is possess viewed the reverse when belief between colleagues soured.

Right here is my reasoning why the reverse would work moreover: Most feedback on right here that acknowledge the 10X programmer is a true phenomenon agree or no longer it is far rarely about escape of writing nonetheless understanding the alternate’s desires and finding the optimal reply, no longer coding the frightening one 10X as like a flash. That requires a situation of job where folk surely feel precise thinking originate air the box.

Mighty of this theory comes from this speech by John Cleese: //

To make expend of the interval of time “10x” and possess it surely point out one thing requires recognizing that’s or no longer it is an exceedingly uncommon phenomena.

Or no longer it is this sort of issues that is so uncommon that there would possibly per chance be cramped in in fashion across true 10xers. To cherry possess any aspects of “in fashion” 10xer backgrounds and preserve a scrutinize at to coach these to “grow” a 10xer makes about as great sense, within the alternate domain, as checking out what Warren Buffet eats for breakfast after which doing the same anticipating some fetch of results– and even wearing turtlenecks like Steve Jobs (folk possess tried).

It it far extra realistic, I have faith, to merely are attempting-for and put together-for precious talents/capabilities, to gape out effective folk around you and learn from them at a “ground-level” and treatment issues collaboratively and thus learn their approaches, growing an intuition of the true design to proceed in opposition to challenges.

Pass to greater tech: going from building apps on Drupal to Ruby on Rails obtained a massive personnel to luxuriate in what they had been doing (MVC, web purposes, migrations, DDD, fleshy-model, separating concerns, REPL-primarily based totally pattern, deployments-wihtout-migrations in one inform, ssh, and extra).

Then going from Groovy to Kotlin (using forms in your profit, functional-fashion where it makes sense, IDE comprehension of code, disaster-much less refactoring).

Now we are using Elm to replace some brittle React/Litelements/jQuery mess (sum-forms, tough typing, currying, and many others.)

Moreover I have faith we would possibly per chance well quiet on a conventional foundation discuss obnoxious code examples, code fashion enhancements and evolving the processes. We enact this in a “retro” session at least once a month.

Regarded as one of the fundamental true thing I learned is to derive to be a “obnoxious programmer”, hence I admire tough typing, defensive coding kinds, and magnificent IDEs.

We can enact SANS coaching as a part of an organization security program. They’re surely rather intensive and critical, nonetheless it completely’a laborious to manufacture the time when you possess so many different issues to enact.

My earlier company had bi-weekly displays by some engineer on a technical topic they loved.

I have faith I’ve trained myself to become greater, by proactive in deciding on process, asking query and reading alternate requirements. It helps me know loads of techninals and non-techinal issues.

Right here is currently my high concerns with my occupation/job.

Splendid obstacle; time/energy. 40 hours with 10 hours a day invested within the job leave me with zero motivation to extra enact coaching. Risking burnout right here, I need to fetch away.

My employer sleek and previous has no dispute teaching me what I need to know to enact my sleek job nonetheless zero concerned on development, that’s 100% on me. Clearly that’s their prerogative. All of them enact in total pay for issues I preserve electively, I stunning need to resolve out what I are looking out for to enact and resolve out when to enact it.

Very tantalizing thread, and one thing I’ve puzzled about. My (very successful) employer does very cramped. I fetch convention attendance every Third year and whatever management think is precious recordsdata to part internally (random coworker doing a chat on one thing they’re ideally suited at).

After having looked for alternatives for some time, I believe being self reliant/in a co-op, or at least in a surely employee oriented/owned shop is required to preserve your possess lengthy interval of time pattern.

As a developer/alternate owner who cares deeply about our employees’s lengthy interval of time issue, I started reading this thread looking out out out ideas we would possibly per chance well expend.

Appropriate now our design is some combination of mentoring/pairing time, teaching ideas and the true design to coach them, encouraging devs to preserve ownership of their work and rewarding them by having them sleek their work to purchasers.

Is it working? Group appears in total overjoyed with that manner of doing issues nonetheless we aren’t measuring it.

Will proceed to gaze ideas right here.

Right here is one of the fundamental grossest series of discussions on work and life that I’ve ever viewed. OP, please pause shilling for corporations. 10x is rarely true and coaching for any end is totally subjective particular particular person to particular particular person in phrases of technical talents. Enact a ideally suited job on whatever you enact and focal level on bettering issues while accomplishing your targets every in work and personal life.

In the occasion you’d preserve to own 10x engineers, make sure to originate with 10x management, a 10x culture, 10x hardware and machine sources, and a 10x bodily atmosphere. Otherwise, you couldn’t be ready to hunt the 10x engineers you possess on fable of they received’t be ready to enact 10x work.

Most of them received’t. In 2022-2023, that’s no longer going to happen. 2011-2015 used to be a ideally suited time corporations had been helping personnel grow together by prepared to put together engineers who’re concerned to learn.

This day ? You wish 5 years of particular instruments to fetch a job. 10 years of total trip. There are exceptions as constantly..

By giving me sufficient steering and abet, along with a no longer easy coaching venture and a brilliant tight ideas loop. There is moreover a brilliant generous funds for coaching, after I’m cought up to escape. (Recent switch in what I work with)


To me, pairing is exhausting, so I compose no longer worship to enact it too most continuously nonetheless I practically constantly surely feel bigger than twice as productive and I surely feel like I’m greater ready to dig into the laborious stuff more uncomplicated.

Assign no longer fetch me scandalous, pairing has deserves. Let me come up with an example. I’m at some level of going by form challenges in Typescript (// If I knew totally nothing about forms, pair-programming would possess helped me fetch started. But these fetch of challenges educate me fundamental insights about the Typescript typing device that preserve time to wrap my head around. You compose no longer fetch this amount of device 2 focal level when pair programming on fable of pair programming is (to a colossal amount) verbal substitute.

Ours is requiring everybody to preserve security, Docker, and web pattern lessons.

Or no longer it is about 10 years slack, nonetheless it completely’s an enchancment…

1. corporations compose no longer “own” engineers, within the occasion that they would possibly per chance well…10x would possibly per chance well be the fresh 1x

2. let folk possess time to spike WHILE working

1. Certain, that’s the level. 10x doesn’t enlighten “in contrast to what”, nonetheless hints at “in contrast to now”2. For sure. My 3 broken-down corporations let folk spike while working, and I’ve viewed mediocre engineers (many of bugs, become) become okay (barely any become, a pair of bugs now and all once more)

> how corporations own 10x engineers

They compose no longer. The total ones I’m in a position to recall to mind looked ahead of getting paid. I’d hesitate to remark they’re born nonetheless they’re in no design made within the corporate world.

Moreover to answer your first query: my company is rarely.

The “particular particular person 10x engineer” who stands out among their peers is barely of a delusion. And barely of a pointless thing, the personnel’s efficiency matters so great bigger than one particular particular person on it – genuinely or no longer it is that it is likely you’ll per chance have faith to manufacture the personnel much less effective total by e.g. raising 10x the same old price of PRs and expecting others to take care of them.

“colossal teams manufacture colossal engineers”, no longer vice versa


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