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Developer Hegemony Paperback – April 26, 2017
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Developer Hegemony made me realize my market value and capitalize on it even before I finished reading the book. It's for everyone that isn't quite satisfied with their corporate job and offers alternatives how to make a living as a software developer without switching from their technical career to a managerial one. --Ondrej Mirtes, CTO
I couldn't put it down, and felt like the wool was being lifted from my eyes. I really enjoyed it! --Brian Benson, Software Developer Turned Consultant
About the Author
Erik Dietrich, founder of DaedTech LLC, is a programmer, software architect, IT management consultant, author, and technologist.
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Developer Hegemony provides some good guidance as to how to escape this trap and perhaps change the industry for the better.
The book is very well-researched and cleverly written. It gives the background on employment arrangements since the middle ages, to give some historical background. It discusses the author's own view on corporate advancement, and then lays out a plan for potentially better situations to come.
I have wondered whether the section covering corporate advancement might be exceedingly cynical (the author acknowledges thoroughly that it is indeed cynical), looking around at my current work place and thinking to myself, "This place is definitely at least *somewhat* more merit-based than the typical large corporation in the book but ... maybe not, and maybe the book is spot on." Regardless of cynicism, the perspective given in the book is *extremely useful,* so much so in fact that I plan on re-reading the book and taking thorough notes.
I'm seeing life very differently, thanks to the insights in Developer Hegemony. I have no doubt there will be some changes in my future!
This book not only put a name to many frustrations I've felt in my career, but also helped make me aware of a few phenomena I had never really even noticed. It paints a pretty glum picture of the corporate world, but promises light at the end of the tunnel.
And I believe there is light at the end of the tunnel, but I also think the author's vision (small teams of "efficiencer" consultancy firms) is a bit too narrowly-focused (and the only reason I didn't offer 5 stars). But that shouldn't detract from the book as descriptive, and thought-provoking.
I highly recommend this book.
Just first half of the book is a valuable enough and has a lot of insights. Once you read it, you'll start noticing how the corporate world around you is actually functioning and what you can do to get ahead.
A must read, not only for developers but anyone working in a corporate environment.
I always wondered why I had to give up programming to get a head. His sad and somber description of playing the corporate game to get ahead made me realize that the path to CFO or CEO is fraught with ethical and moral challenges, let alone having to give up what I love. None of us knowledge workers should comply with this model any longer. I read this book slowly and quite thoroughly, mostly because I knew that when it ended, things have to change for me (and that is scary).
I truly enjoyed this book, wish I had read it 15 years ago, and would recommend this book to any sort of knowledge worker.
Caution: if you are a software developer in a large corporate environment, trying to get ahead, this book will change you. It will change your perspective (rightly so). Be prepared for that.
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Erik is brilliant.Read more