Developer Hegemony explores the past, present, and future of the corporation and what it means for developers. While it outlines problems with the modern corporate structure, it’s ultimately a play-by-play of how to leave the corporate carnival and control your own destiny. And it’s an emboldening, specific vision of what software development looks like in the world of developer hegemony—one where developers band together into partner firms of “efficiencers,” finally able to command the pay, respect, and freedom that’s earned by solving problems no one else can.
Developers, if you grow tired of being treated like geeks who can only be trusted to take orders and churn out code, consider this your call to arms. Bring about the autonomous future that’s rightfully yours. It’s time for developer hegemony.
Erik Dietrich, founder of DaedTech LLC, is a programmer, software architect, IT management consultant, author, and technologist.
In The Expert Beginner, Dietrich traces the path of this
programmer from rise to inevitable downfall. The author describes the
development of the expert beginner’s mindset, explaining how one might believe
in the achievement of total mastery while faced with evidence to the contrary.
He then shows how, if put in a position of power, this person will poison
entire software groups and create a culture of stagnation. Part commentary on
technical groups and part sociological analysis/office taxonomy, The Expert
Beginner tells a story. This story, as it turns out, is about more than
just an individual programmer or software groups. It is about a tragedy writ
large, coloring all aspects of our culture even beyond the world of computer
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