re: What's The Difference Between A Senior And Lead Developer? VIEW POST

re: In the end, the whole article is pointless if person to person, country to country and org to org the definition varies. And this is the case every...

I would have to disagree that the entire article is pointless 😋

I specifically said in the article:

It usually comes down to the actual job description itself and how the company views it's different tiers of developers.

Given how I started the article off with this comment, I think your first comment is addressing a straw-man.

I do agree that there is a lot of confusion due to job titles not reflecting actual roles - which was the reason why this was written.

I also agree that there are many super skilled programmers/developers that no body knows about. But that's not a reflection of the "evil-ness" of our industry, that's a reflection of the fact that doing good work alone will not get you noticed.

Again, it's false to assume that simply doing good work will get you noticed. Whether that's a good thing or bad thing is a different discussion 😉.

I've written some articles around these ideas here:

You said:

In three years, he never said "I did it".

That's the problem. If someone is doing good work then they need to own their own career and tell people how they brought value to the company. Expecting everyone to simply notice how good you are generally doesn't happen and is naive.

In fact, it actually shows that you aren't taking initiative, perhaps don't understand the true business value you bring to a company (being able to build a big system, in itself, doesn't tell a business what value a person can bring in terms of making more money, reducing costs, etc.) Those are all things that we have to be intentional about and take ownership of.

I was once bitter about this - not having my work noticed. Once I realized that nobody owes me anything, I started to simply work hard at being responsible for putting myself "out there", promoting my work, talking to my managers about how I brought value to the company, etc.

Thanks for your comments!


This comment is pretty interesting to me, can I ask for your opinion in this question? --> dev.to/delbetu/how-to-become-a-mor...

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