Echt goede softwareontwikkelaars zijn zeldzaam en bovendien geneigd te vertrekken als het ze niet zint, het lijken wel rocksterren. Werkgevers stemmen dan ook liever in met hun eisen, dan dat ze hun aanwinst weer zien vertrekken.
Developers, Rock Stars Of The Digital Age
Developers are volatile, strange birds that require lots of attention and nurturing if their employers don’t want them to fly away. As Fabien Devos, a smiling T-shirt-clad thirtysomething, says, “If things don’t work out, I’ll leave.”
For the time being, he’s exercising his computer science talents at Upthere, a Palo Alto, California, start-up created by Bertrand Serlet — the “Frenchy” behind the Apple computer operating system. “He’s definitely somebody to be reckoned with,” Devos confides. “But at work we don’t put out enough products. I need constant feedback from users.” So he spends his evenings and weekends on Hacked, the game he and a colleague have been refining for four months. “There were 10,000 downloads the first day,” he says jubilantly.
His employer has no problem with his side project. Bertrand Serlet even gave him a week off so he could finish it before its release. There are other people with the kind of qualifications Devos has, but not many. Which is why he can be choosy.
Big and small dot.coms alike want to employ people like him, not to mention major car manufacturers and banking multinationals. Devos started out at Bouygues Telecom where, as a trainee, he developed the Suivi Conso app.