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Discussion on: The 10 points that make up real "10x engineers"

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Scott Simontis

I also think that it's a misconception that 10x refers to speed or productivity. You won't see them doing a 2 week sprint in 2 days, they might even appear to be progressing slower because they are thinking designs through for hours, paying attention to small details and researching connections between concepts. But at the end of the day, they are able to solve really difficult problems and produce more maintainable systems.

When I see a job listing asking for a rockstar developer, I read that in my head as "We hope you get energized working weekends and holding an understaffed team together!"