The top one per cent

I have just read the most excellent rant. It really tickled me, yet is also right on the money. I know I’m pretty grouchy at the moment (it’s appraisal season: the attitude and the time of year aren’t entirely unrelated ;-)), but this is just superb. It’s a raging fume of lividity against Martin Fowler’s ThoughtWorks IT consultancy, specifically its stated tenet of allegedly employing only the top 0.5 - 1.0 % of programmers.

Yeah, that same one per cent that just about every company claims to employ.

Anyway, check the link out. In this choice excerpt, Mike picks up on some on-line notes made by a new inductee at ThoughtWorks, going through the ropes in Bangalore (no, I don’t know why India either). Bile-mungous!

For week three Suzie settles down and decides to talk more about the work and a bit less about the Indian social scene. Here she tells us:

I have really begun to get an idea of why I was hired by TW and what I have to offer to the company. I learnt loads from H’s sessions on interviewing about what I said that made me suitable as a TWer and what I can continue to improve upon to grow within the company. I have additionally become more and more excited about development and although I don't feel I want to be a geeky (!) developer quite yet I am beginning to understand just how programming works and I really want to continue to learn from my developer colleagues to allow me to be a better analyst.

From this we discover that Suzie was apparently hired as a Business Analyst, and is just "beginning to understand just how programming works". Woo-who, there’s a justification for those high ThoughtWorks hourly rates if I’ve ever seen one!


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Further reading
» Martin Fowler: PeopleMatterMost.
» Joel On Software: Everyone thinks they’re hiring the top one percent.

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