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10x programmers, according to Ruby on Rails creator and Basecamp co-founder

Debates about the existence or non-existence of “10x programmers” — programmers who are 10 times more productive than most programmers — continue to rage.

David Heinemeier Hansson, Basecamp co-founder and creator of Ruby on Rails, had a take on the 10x topic in this interview by Jellyvision (at the 7:51 mark) that I found so insightful that I wanted to transcribe it and share it:

I don’t think that the 10x productivity things is a myth. What I think is a myth is that somebody can write 10x as much code as somebody else and that all be good and well tested and wonderful. Where I think the 10x thing comes in is by deciding what to do. What to program. How do we create that feature… When you look at any given feature, there’s a version of that feature that can be done in 200 hours, there’s a version of that feature that can be done in 100 hours, and there’s a version of that feature that can be done in 7 hours. The high productivity people are the people who figure out how to deliver value by picking more 7 hour implementations than 200 hour implementations. It’s not that you do the same work faster, it’s that you do different work, and that different work is more valuable.

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