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Ben Nadel at InVision In Real Life (IRL) 2018 (Hollywood, CA) with: Lindsey Redinger
Ben Nadel at InVision In Real Life (IRL) 2018 (Hollywood, CA) with: Lindsey Redinger ( @_lindseytron )

Working Code Podcast - Episode 58: Do 10x Developers Exist?

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For our main topic this week, we discuss the concept of the "10x Developer". This notion has its roots in bona fide research; however, much of the nuance has been lost in translation. When many people talk about the 10x Developer, what they imply is that there are great developers that are 10-times more productive than the average developer. This is where the reality parts way from the research. What the research found is that, in software engineering, the **best engineers are 10-times more productive than the worst engineers. Which is, perhaps, a much more palatable and relatable comparison.

Of course, few developers work in a vacuum. And, when you're part of a team that is part of a company that is driven by a given culture, there's so much more to being productive than one's ability to jam out code. If you're not working in an environment that actively caters to and encourages agile practices, no amount of coding velocity can escape the gravity of inaction.

All that and more on this week's show:

... featuring these beautiful, beautiful people:

With audio editing and engineering by ZCross Media.

For the full show notes and links, visit the episode page. And, be sure to follow the show and come chat with us on Discord! Our website is and we're @WorkingCodePod on Twitter and Instagram. New episodes drop weekly on Wednesday.

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