Like the previous chapter, this one is a response to somebody else's work. In this case, I offer my comments about an essay by Joel Spolsky.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2005
Two months ago, Joel Spolsky published an essay entitled "Hitting the High Notes"1 in which he uses the metaphor of vocalists to explain something about software developers. In a nutshell, I would paraphrase his article like this:
Great software products don't happen without the very best software developers, just as certain musical performances simply don't happen unless the performers have someone who can hit the high notes. These "peaks" in performance are the result of certain individuals with extraordinary talent, and there ...