The notion of the “10x Developer” stems from an infamous study that measured and compared the productivity of programmers. The study found that although the programmers had roughly the same amount of experience, (7 years) some programmers were far more productive than others.
In fact, the best programmers averaged more than 10 times the productivity of the worst. Hence, 10x. (note: I said average, debugging time was a ratio of 20:1!)
These radical results have been a source of debate ever since.
I’m very interested in assessing and improving my own skills so I took a deeper look to see what exactly was so hot about this topic.
It boils down to these 4 things: