Kodumaro :: Worth in the computing development milieu

The shadows behind the code.

The worth concept is very subjective and private. Everyone has its own, and it diverges one from another.

Once I worked with a Linux kernel committer. The guy was a genius in several different ways. But he had a weakness: he failed under pressure.

He needed a stable and quiet environment to perform.

But in that time, another developer had reached an influence position in the company. That other guy’s qualities was light-years behind the first one’s, both in knowledge and in practice.

The “influencer”, besides his influence position, had another advantage: pressure wasn’t a problem for him. So he used his influence to convince the company’s board that cold blood under pressure was an employee’s required ability.

Thence the company made the kernel committer’s life a hell, until he himself quit the job.

The aftermath was: without a really qualified developer, the underqualified influencer was free to take all possible bad decisions he could, leading the company down the hill.

My recommendation is: learn to credit who’s really worth, not who says what you want to be said.

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