3. Finding and Hiring Great Programmers
There are many programmers. However, there are not that many great programmers.
“Exceptional engineers are more likely than non-exceptional engineers to maintain a ‘big picture,’ have a bias for action, be driven by a sense of mission, exhibit and articulate strong convictions, play a pro-active role with management, and help other engineers,” said an insightful 1993 study of software engineers.1
1. Richard Turley and James Bieman, Competencies of Exceptional and Non-Exceptional Software Engineers (Colorado State University, 1993).