May 5, 2022·edited May 5, 2022Liked by Listiarso Wastuargo

Nice article on 10x (as an S.E. grad).

Observation: There are only two major types of 10x. Generalist and PM Hybrid belongs on class A engineers (Product, Organization, Broad Skills), Specialists and Fixers belongs on class B engineers (Mentoring, Debugging, Narrow Skills). The weirdness is that class B sounds like the David Graeber's definition of BS Jobs (especially the Duct Tapers), whilst being promoted on LinkedIn a lot,as they are overspecialized and corporate dependent. Class A sounds more plausible as the startup 10x developer, but they are interpreted by the same LinkedIn crowd as "jerks".


1. Instead of identifying 10x engineers, how can one identify a 10x-friendly company/manager (or the inverse)?

2. How does one rectify the need of 10x engineering sessions vs Kaizen principles? Also, the differentiation of 10x in reference to CTO vs Middle Management vs "rank-and-file" programmers?

3. People has joked about the 100x and 1000x engineer, is that even possible?

4. What are the basic triats of a potential 10x engineer?

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Counter curiosities: some people say focus on the 3x Devs instead https://blog.accelerate.io/2018/04/10/2018-04-10-forget-about-10x-developers-focus-on-3x/

1. It is purely based on individual test performance on adaptability

2. It lacks explanations on benchmarking teamwork and social/negotiate skill

3. The 3x dev problem can be said as the "Midwit", "clueless", "Cheems Mindset" (something ethereal is missing, making this not antifragile)

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