Discussion on: Is there any 10x developers here?

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Mike Healy

The specific multiple of '10' is highly dubious and not very useful. In many cases seeing that term will be a red flag. It's also common that those that think of themselves in that way might be flying through their work creating technical debt and bugs that will surface later.

There is some underlying truth to the concept though. Some programmers are much more productive and have a far greater than average knowledge of their domain.

Like John Carmack for game dev, Taylor Otwell of Laravel, or Evan You of Vue some really are multiples more productive than the average developer in their field.