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Discussion on: The 10 points that make up real "10x engineers"

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Scott Yeatts

As a retired Infantryman this is exactly what force multiplier means. I actually started to reply with almost the exactly same points and then I found this comment.

I've always thought of a "10x engineer" as referring to a force multiplier, not someone who actually does 10x more work. That's not sustainable and would be a TERRIBLE person to build a codebase around. If they leave, what will you do then?

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Joseph Moore

Pardon the sports metaphor, but it reminds me of the LA Lakers and Kobe Bryant. Towards the end of his career, they built the team around him. He was, admittedly, very talented, but every time he got hurt, the team fell apart.

If you compare that with the Michael Jordan-era Bulls, they were lead by an incredible player, but he was surrounded by other great players. Their dominance in the 90s was a team effort, and when Jordan briefly switched to baseball, they didn't completely fall apart. They weren't as good as they were with him, but they still did very well.

(Sports and military references in the same thread? This conversation is bringing out a different side of me.)