Getting Real: Don’t pick the tools ahead of the craftsman 17 Sep 2005
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Would you settle on a brush and then go look for a painter that could use it? Or would you rather find a good painter and then let him use the brushes he sees fit for the task. Put like that, I’d wager few would argue for the former. But when it comes to technology, it happens all the time.
The business people settle on a platform and then invite the programmers. That’s backwards, baby. To attract the best, you need people working with tools of passion. The correlation between tools that business people pick and tools that inspire passion from the best of the best is weak to negative.
You need passionate craftsmen. The best of them are likely to be ahead of the curve and use tools that the mainstream haven’t picked up yet. That’s part of what makes them the best. If you’ve already settled on what you know is out there, you’ve just cut off the cream of the crop.
Also, why are you hiring? Hopefully to get expertise in an area where you had little. Thus, you want to postpone as many decisions in that area until you have the person best equipped to make the right choices.
Scope: New ventures — either companies or products