In my series on heroics within software development teams, there is a type of 'hero' that I classify as the hero-bully. This is not the simple, ordinary bully, which may come to mind, who rules by force of intimidation. A hero-bully is someone placed on a pedestal by one group and who use the power from their received status to bully those around them that do not follow suit. This can even be completely unintentional!
Throughout these posts of mine on heroic behavior, my main metaphor has been the wild west. One of the well-known archetypes there is the famous hero gunslinger. In this post, I'll address the software equivalent of this.
In software development it is possible that a posse forms inside or across teams when people start placing their loyalty to one another above their loyalty to the customer/employer
In this post I will discuss my Lone Ranger pattern, a type of human behavior of software engineers, and the impact I think it has on its surroundings. Now the lone ranger is obviously someone who mostly operates alone. Lone rangers get the job done by themselves and are counted upon to save the day. Alas, the day needs constant saving.
In this post, I'll elaborate on what I identify as the Young Buck pattern. With my Wild West metaphor in mind, with the Young Buck I refer to the image of the young gunslingers that are just leaving home, stepping out into the big world. Usually, they are still full of high ideals and have a simplistic sense of justice. Unfortunately, their lack of real-world experience sometimes lets them get played for a fool.
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