Showing posts from April, 2010

Addicted to MeTH

When I was but a wee young project manager, I had to order my best developer not to come to work for three days.  The fact that this was over a weekend was not lost on either of us.

"Frank" was a rockstar.  He only typed with two fingers, but he claimed he could still type 80 lines of code a minute.  This claim was never questioned by any of his peers, mainly because they were afraid of what he would do to them if they did.  That claim notwithstanding, Frank was one of most talented and prolific coders I ever worked with.  We became good friends, so I say this with all love: he was also a royal pain in the ass.  He never had a thought he didn't feel like sharing, he got into shouted technical debates with other developers before storming out of the room, and he regularly insulted our clients' intellectual capacity, during sales calls.

Don't get me wrong: I was grateful to have Frank on my team.  He saved several projects for me, and the team never ran as well as…