Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Where do software developers dream of working?

Where do software developers dream of working?  The best developers I've known over my career want to work either for themselves (that is, their own start-up company), for other start-ups, or for companies doing big, impressive, exciting things (Google, Apple, etc.).

What's not on that list?  The federal government.

It's really, really hard for me to imagine that the U.S. Digital Service is going to attract a significant number of good engineers.

It's really, really easy for me to imagine that it's going to attract hordes of incompetent, entitled engineers for whom Wally (of the Dilbert strip) is the model.  Just contemplating the inevitable office buildings full of mandatory bureaucratic managers is enough to make me feel nauseous.

You know how the U.S. Post Office compares to, say, UPS, in customer service, responsiveness, reliability, and innovation?  Yeah, that will be how the U.S. Digital Service compares with, say, Apple...

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