Part-time Perl Developer Position based Reading, UK

Peter Corlett abuse at
Thu May 26 12:21:31 BST 2011

On 26 May 2011, at 09:05, Richard Foley wrote:
> Those results might also include the opportunity for career progression which 
> is only ever going to be effective when one is in the office looking busy in 
> front of the manager, and actively being involved in multiple stand-up 
> meetings every day of the week.  There are different kinds of progress.

Career progression is overrated if the only available "progression" is into a role one doesn't want.

People rise through the ranks into the position of senior developer because they love rolling up their sleeves and making stuff, and are good enough at it that others are prepared to pay them pretty good money to do it for them. Each promotion or new job involves more responsibility and learning new things. It will normally also involve more money, but that can often be a secondary consideration.

And then what? The next stop on offer is usually management, perhaps through a team leader role. Which is *obviously* a further refinement of a programmer's craft. Senior management may well think that people want to go into management, but that's just projection of their own desires, and a complete lack of understanding of what drives their technical staff.

(I also suspect this is why there is a proliferation of Perl contractors: it was either that, or the lobotomy and pointy haircut.)

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