Thursday, January 08, 2009

I work for a Branch

I'm starting to dislike the term 'Individual Contributor'. I was much happier being referred to as a developer or an engineer or even a simple staff member. Being called an 'individual contributor' is a bit dehumanizing. A manager is no more a collective than I am even though they may represent one.

Since I'm sure the term stems from some business school theory of hierarchical management I say we reverse things and apply software engineering terms for hierarchies back of the tree. I'm a Leaf and I work for a Branch, who works for another Branch who ultimately reports to Root.

I feel so much more human now.
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