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Discussion on: Ron, The Untouchable, Invincible, No-Good Developer (Conclusion)

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I learned to code in university, I barely passed the first programming course because 80% of the grade was based on documenting the code. It wasn't until the second course that the concepts really 'clicked' for me. However, some people just keep failing these courses year after year. I admire the perseverance and I really believe in a 'growth mindset' instead of a 'fixed set of skills', but at some point you just have to be realistic with yourself that being a developer might not be the best fit for you. Raj is a perfect example of this.

I understand the pain of having such a person on your team, draining time and resources from your project. The worst thing is that you have to work around this person (like you said, 3 + 1 = 2) and only assign grunt work to them because you know you can't rely on them for finishing their tasks in time. I think you did the right thing, give them honest feedback and a chance to improve, nothing else you really can do in your position.