Are Excellent Developers Really Worth 10 Times More Than Mediocre Ones?
When it comes to coding productivity how much does the skill, and ability, of the developer count? Are the very best developers worth 10 times the value (or more) of an average one?
Over my career I’ve definitely seen how mediocre talent can wind up killing a project. On the other hand, it is less clear to me whether the average programmer can still be of value when set to grunt coding tasks that are managed by those brilliant engineers. Should organizations have a mix of super-stars and worker bees?