Sunday, September 26, 2010

What's happening to my heros?

A hero is someone you look up to. Someone you want to be, or consider at a position you can only hope to gain, but might never get there.

I create these figures in my workplace. It helps me keep focused on moving and making progress toward something better verses getting comfortable. Lately, I've been becoming aware that most of these individuals are not what I've heard is true, and I in fact don't want to move to where they are, or be like them.

What's one to do? Can perception in the workplace be that powerful? I would expect that the perception of a technical person is based on their technical abilities under the covers. How did they build something? Is it correct at the core verses its appearance on paper or at the presentation level? Can it be shared, or easily understood? Does it follow good development practices?

Maybe the wrong evaluations are in place, but every time I encounter the work of a so called "good" individual, or a senior team member, I find myself thinking, "is this for real?". Such questionable implementations, gaps, and loop holes. Sure, maybe it was on time, and the client likes it, but I don't care. What's happening to the good examples to learn from? I can't seem to fine them anymore, or the ones that are in fact legit are becoming far and few between.

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