Thursday, August 05, 2004

Bob Lewis on Hiring Uber-programmers

Great Hacker != Great Hire: "I worry that lots of small ISVs will read this article (Great Hackers) and believe that they need to hire great hackers. When great hackers are as fussy as Graham says they are, they're not worth the trouble. We want the super-productivity, and we want the innate love of software development, but we don't want all the extra baggage. Instead:
Hire people who care about users.
Hire people who understand the difference between a job and a hobby.
Hire people who want to contribute in lots of different ways to the success of the product.
It's okay to be in awe of these great hackers. But as a practical matter, small ISVs would be much better off hiring professionals."

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