I outed myself as a choir kid on Chats with Kent this month
With nervous honesty, I confessed that my favorite human achievement is coordination and that I’ve never experienced it in software development.
Choir, orchestra, The Rolling Stones, Beyoncé’s Single Ladies, a Destiny fire team where players lead, follow, partner, and sacrifice themselves at in unity…
I love teams for their ability to hit harder, go farther, and be more than an individual
But that more requires humility, partnership, and trust
I made a big mistake in my transition to software development. I overestimated the software engineer’s natural ability to coordinate. I underestimated the their ability to identify the sabotage of self-interest and I overestimated the technical manager’s ability to coach away outbursts of unhelpful self-expression.
As someone who believes in team,
I thought coordination was something engineers just needed to see more of to understand. But I was wrong; I don’t think it’s in the archetype. And I’m wondering if it’s time for something new.
What experiences did you have in your former lives that you miss in your current career? Think you can find it?