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Rethinking the Developer Career Path

A really interesting perspective on this age old problem.

I've come back to this talk by Randall Koutnik a number of times since I found it. The ideas are both rational and powerful.

I am particularly fond of

"You need to mentor juniors or it is your fault that they are failing."

Some notes

"We have failed as an industry"

What does Senior mean (surveyed)

What should Senior mean?

We need new words

Solution Implementer: Given solutions, produces code. (Junior)

Problem Solver: Given problems, produces solutions (Mid)

Problem finder: Given context, discovers and prioritizes problems (Senior)

Some thoughts

Watch the video. It's not so much about renaming these roles, but about describing the expectation at each level and providing a clear understanding of what it means to move from one to another. Eliminating the notion of whether someone is Junior or Senior based on title and then basing it on the quantifiable actions of an engineer just seems like a much better way.

And the impact of such a change seems obvious to me. The job description no longer says just vaguely - "Junior". It says Solution Implementer. And we can actually describe what that means without using punitive language.