Read The Mythical Man Month quite a long time ago. One of the assertions in the book, since much repeated, is that “super programmers” are an order of magnitude more productive than average programmers.
While I know that I have always been more than usually effective, an order of magnitude felt like an overstatement.
The last project offered two examples that seem to confirm the multiplier.
At the beginning of the project, I assigned the simplest part of the project to the team member whom I suspected was the least capable (and who later became the group manager). A few months in he was joined by a new hire just out of college. Their assignment was to write a thin ...read more