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I think a far more useful way to divide up software engineers is by how good they are at gathering requirements/understanding the problem they have been tasked with.

That said, and this might be crazy... but sometimes it is nice to have people good at different things on your team :)

With a good lead you can have a person with overengineering leanings on your team and have it be a strength as long as you balance that with other ways of thinking.




I find that the only acceptable way to divide engineers is with a chainsaw. It might get messy, and is hard to hunt them down especially if they are of the runner kind, but afterwards you get the satisfaction of a work well done.


Slow Romero style coders can be sawed 10x faster than other normal ones.




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