Improving Wetware

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What does 25 years of improvement look like?

Posted by Pete McBreen Tue, 03 Jul 2007 02:49:00 GMT

At a time when a developer can be called a “senior architect” with only 5 years experience, what do you call someone with 25 or 35 years experience?

Unfortunately, for the most part we can no longer call them developers, because there are few developers with 25+ years experience. Most have either drifted into other fields, been moved into management or are now independent consultants. It is rare for a developer to be able to keep improving their craft skills for 25 years because they get sidetracked into other things.

Other fields of endevour do not have this problem, so I suspect that the economic incentives in software development are skewed such that it makes little sense to get really good at being a developer.