The Perceived Generalist vs. Specialist Divide

I recently witnessed a debate about “agile development” and the fact that you need more generalists than on “waterfall projects”.

Such generalisations make me always angry. My impression over the last years is that it’s mostly the people with the broadest knowledge, who are also familiar in depth with the technologies they are using. While the so-called specialists are mostly people, who only know a single trick (recently met a “build specialist”, who used VB-script and didn’t know that there’s a debugger for it).

I think there is more of a good engineer vs. idiot divide.

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3 Responses to The Perceived Generalist vs. Specialist Divide

  1. toni says:

    I don’t know man, I’m specialized on be a generalist, which means that I know almost anything of everything, so I am confused, am I a good agilist or just a wan***?

  2. felix says:

    Well, let’s face it you are just wan***!

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