Every so often the 10× developer trope makes the rounds. The debates get heated: what is a 10× developer? are these traits we should treasure or avoid? do 10× developers even exist?
In this talk, we’ll break down the very real risks of idolizing individual contributors, dig into the nugget of truth that keeps this stereotype alive, and dive into what a real “10× developer” might look like. (Hint: it’s not about code; it’s about people.)
You’ll walk away with a better understanding of individual and team psychology, efficiency and productivity at scale, creating safety and trust for teams, and elevating the entire organization rather than burning out top performers.
Things Audience Members Will Learn
This talk will dig into a lot of research and psychology around teams, burnout, work-life balance, and career satisfaction/legacy.
This is NOT intended to be a takedown of any individuals or an attack; it’s meant to be a reframing of what “high performing” means, expanding the definition beyond just the technical skills.
Anyone working on a team.