Author - Darryl Ricker

The 10x Developer

Before I talk about the stages of building a great Engineering team, I should mention one thing that is not well-known by non-technical people (and possibly not even realized by technical ones): some Developers are ten times more productive than others. Let me restate that: An exceptional Developer can outperform [...]

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Nurturing Your Team

Given that the primary objective of Engineering is to efficiently deliver valuable functionality and the statement in an earlier post that People (i.e., Engineers) are the most important part of the delivery of same, we need to pay a lot of attention to hiring and nurturing great Engineers. To understand [...]

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What Are You Capable Of?

In the previous post, we looked into the foundational character attribute of our Engineers: the Personality Layer. The next layer, the Capabilities Layer, adds to the foundation by layering in the Engineer’s abilities. Put mathematically, Personality + Capabilities = Engineer. With that said, let’s dig into the next cross-section… The [...]

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No Time Like the Present

The previous post focused on the Capabilities of the Engineer. This article will layer on the final aspect that defines the environment of an Engineer – what is happening right now. Keep in mind that we can’t change what happened in the past and we can only promise what [...]

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It’s All About Performance

In the previous three posts, we covered the layers that define an what an Engineer brings to the job on a daily basis – Personality, Capabilities and the Present. Now, we close the loop by talking about what those three layers unite to deliver: Performance. The Performance Layer is where [...]

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