How to derail your experts and ruin their performance

Its very simple, force them to follow rules. Experts draw a lot based on their experience and intuition as opposed to novices who need a set of rules which tells them what to do exactly to finish the task at hand, like filling your tax return forms(i never figured that out, just follow whats written there). Any corporate/methodology which follows iron clad rules for development tends to pull the experts down and drags their performance to a novice level. The industry tends to ruin experts often in this way. We can say that they are trying to herd racehorses, rather than racing them. Intuition is a tool to an expert, but organizations discount it saying its not scientific/repeatable etc. Conversely, we also tend to take novices and throw them in the
deep end of the development pool—far over their heads. Here we’re trying to race sheep. A misguided sense of political correctness tends to treat all developers the same way, irrespective of the fact that there is a 20:1 to 40:1 in the productivity of the developers.

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