The care and feeding of software engineers (or, why engineers are grumpy)

Posted by mbaehrlxer on Jun 17, 2012 9:46 PM EST
nczonline; By Nicholas C. Zakas
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Cards on the table, software engineers generally have a reputation for being arrogant, disagreeable, and moody. We also have a reputation for saying “no”, for debating pedantic details, and thinking we know how to do everyone’s job better than they can. In general, this reputation is deserved. That’s exactly what we do, day in, day out, as we intermix writing code with checking in on Twitter and Hacker News.

Cards on the table, software engineers generally have a reputation for being arrogant, disagreeable, and moody. We also have a reputation for saying “no”, for debating pedantic details, and thinking we know how to do everyone’s job better than they can. In general, this reputation is deserved. That’s exactly what we do, day in, day out, as we intermix writing code with checking in on Twitter and Hacker News.

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In the triumvirate of software, product managers, designers, and software engineers, only the engineers are expected to turn off their creative minds and just produce. Software engineers aren’t dumb, they see this happening, and resentment starts to build (no pun intended). The engineers want to be part of that creative process and are denied. Thus you end up with the typical software engineer personality accented by grumpiness.

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