On the Quora website recently, a participant asked "What is the truth about 10x programmers?"
Most of the answers there were good, but misguided. Many of today’s critical programming tasks are simply too big and complex to be handled even by a 100x programmer (not to speak of maintaining what a 100x programmer produces but does not want to be bothered maintaining).
For many years now, we have understood that the programming job is not really a job for individuals, but for teams. (Yes, an individual can produce a fine small program, such as a game. I have done that myself, many times over 60 years in the business.) So what we really want is a 10x leader/teacher of programmers. If you can’t pass on you 10x abillities to others, you’re not what we want for those enormous programming tasks.
That’s why I now concentrate on teaching 10x programmers to be 10x programming leaders, as in myand my books such as