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Why Zuckerberg Is (Almost) Right About Great Talent

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Why Zuckerberg Is (Almost) Right About Great Talent

Started by Dickson Wai Hei Lam July 14, 2011 - 7:05pm Replies (1)

Do you agree with Zuckerberg: “Some programmers and programming teams are, indeed, 100X more productive than their more typically talented counterparts.”



  • Eric von Stackelberg July 15, 2011 - 10:38am

    I agree with radical differences in productivity, but I suspect 100X is an unsupported statement.

    However, I also don't believe in building towards "rockstars", because there is a high risk to the project/product when those rockstars become available and I believe this approach is actually counterproductive to building a good team. I prefer highly effective teams, where motivation and appropriate process support the high levels of productivity. Unfortunately, I have seen more examples of poor process and motivation than I have seen poor developers but it is much easier to place blame on a single individual than to accept the need to change organizational processes.