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developer characters

Recently on Golem was an article about characterizing a developer (it’s written in german). In the article the author Maja Hoock talked about the problem that very opposite characters can influence the software development process negative – from my own experience, that’s true and sometimes it’s not true. 

In conclusion, it is important to know what developer characters work in a team. At this point the article introduced two people, Matthias Wittum and Christian Rehn, who had an idea how to call the characters (ninja, sorcerer, gardener and more) and how to distinguish between them. Kindly, they did not keep their thoughts for themselves but have created a website in english language with a self-test 🙂 

From this point on the thing became really funny and interesting. The character titles reminded me of a hero group from a role playing game like Wizardry. I was really busy with the self-test because you must agree to a maximum of five statements within a group of different statements. Even if you would say that other statements fits to you and your opinion … just five please.

At the end I got my result: The Technician. Well, that doesn’t sound glorious. Sounds a bit like the person who is fixing my car or the elevator. Fire fighter would be cool or even better, a Ninja. No matter, I will check if Technician was the right result.

Just one thought at the end of this blog. Perhaps there is a question in your next job interview like “What developer character are you?“. So what’s your answer? Let me know, hope you will have the same fun as I had …

 

Michael

 

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      Author's profile photo Enno Wulff
      Enno Wulff

      Yeah, cool Test, Michael!

       

      I am also an engineer. ?

      Author's profile photo Michael Keller
      Michael Keller
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      I like the motto "There's nothing to fear for an engineer!" 🙂

      Author's profile photo Enno Wulff
      Enno Wulff

      I like those structures and classifications. It makes me attentive of my own strengths and weaknesses.

      It also reminds me that there are tasks where different skills are needed than the ones I have.

      Especially in gamification it's interesting which types of players are around. Here is a test in different languages. And here is the Bartle test. (For those you like questionnaires... 🙂 )

      Author's profile photo Matthew Billingham
      Matthew Billingham

      Is the motto for a magician "Be afraid, be very afraid"?.

      Or perhaps - do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are quick to anger and not all that subtle.

      Author's profile photo Michael Keller
      Michael Keller
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      If you are sorcerer or magician and your motto is "you shall not pass", perhaps you write a lot of firewall software 😉

      Author's profile photo Matthew Billingham
      Matthew Billingham

      That's my response to the first draft of programs for review. "You shall not pass my code review."

      Author's profile photo Margaret Kreytak
      Margaret Kreytak

      Yes - that was fun, Michael.  Apparently I'm a Firefighter.

      Author's profile photo Michael Keller
      Michael Keller
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      Do not bring a fire ax to work. Could be a security incident 😉

      Author's profile photo Mike Pokraka
      Mike Pokraka

      Interesting, it put me in the Craftsman box.

      Author's profile photo Michael Keller
      Michael Keller
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      Interesting word "box" ... that reminds me on one thought I had after finishing the self-test: Thinking in categories and boxes is typical in the west. Try to talk about categories and boxes with a chinese daoist monk 😉

      Author's profile photo Mike Pokraka
      Mike Pokraka

      Actually the term 'box' was an attempt at irony. The best approach is the one that’s the most suited to the problem at hand. Sometimes that’s ninja stealth tactics, other times it’s a sledgehammer. It takes experience to know the difference.

      Does that make me a software monk? ?

      Edit: But the result is not far off from my favourite style of working, so I still think it's a pretty good test.

      Author's profile photo Michael Keller
      Michael Keller
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      "software monk" sounds like a character from Shadowrun or Ghost in the Shell. A mix of different characters can be explosive or boring. I agree with you, it's really a question what you need.

      Author's profile photo Sandra Rossi
      Sandra Rossi

      For non-german speakers, note that the test is in English. There are also construction managers

      Author's profile photo Michael Keller
      Michael Keller
      Blog Post Author

      That was an important note. I updated the blog. Thanks.

      Author's profile photo Sergio Fraga
      Sergio Fraga

      Hi Michael Keller,

      Thank you for sharing this gem, now I want a card deck for me!

      Seems like reading all Uncle Bob books is being effective since I have fallen into the Craftsman card!

      Author's profile photo Matthew Billingham
      Matthew Billingham

      Magician. Seems about right. http://design-types.net/result.html?type=PAPT

      I wonder how these categorisations map to MBTI categorisations?

      Author's profile photo Lars Breddemann
      Lars Breddemann

      The Technician (SAPT).

      What can I say? The first three letters are a match 😀

      Author's profile photo Colleen Hebbert
      Colleen Hebbert

      me too. I got Technician!

       

      Author's profile photo Rob Dielemans
      Rob Dielemans

      Me too.

      And I agree broadly with it.

      Author's profile photo HP Seitz
      HP Seitz

      The Ninja (SCPT)

      really surprised

      Author's profile photo Christian Guenter
      Christian Guenter

      Craftsman (SCIT)  🙂

      Author's profile photo Nabheet Madan
      Nabheet Madan

      The Scientist (PAIT).

      Somewhat agree/disagree both:)

      http://design-types.net/result.html?type=PAIT&ukey=5b87cbb5a8289"

      Author's profile photo Tomas Buryanek
      Tomas Buryanek

      The Construction Manager - motto "Getting things done". Whole description fits I think 🙂 Nice test

      Author's profile photo Jelena Perfiljeva
      Jelena Perfiljeva

      I thought this would be something like The 14 characters you meet as a coder but for the SAP world. 🙂

      Disappointing! 🙂

       

      Author's profile photo Michael Keller
      Michael Keller
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      "Developers often think of themselves as the only sane person in the room. This, as you may know, is also a trait of the clinically insane." I like the introduction 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

      Author's profile photo Bärbel Winkler
      Bärbel Winkler

      Thanks for sharing this self-test, Michael!

      It determined – with ticking checkboxes quickly – that I’m a Construction Manager (SAPR) like some others who already chimed in. The description fits fairly well, I think.

      Cheers

      Baerbel

       

       

      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo

      Strange - these answers would change for me day by day and job I held.  But I missed this the first time.  Taking it today I am the Magician.   Not sure if that's good or not.  But cool title.

      Author's profile photo Michael Keller
      Michael Keller
      Blog Post Author

      Every party needs a magician - ok, perhaps I played too much computer role games in the past 😉 But hey, strange times, always good to know a magician. Either for entertainment or for miracles.

      Author's profile photo Margaret Kreytak
      Margaret Kreytak

      I took the test in 2018 and I took it again today.  Back then I was a Firefighter - today I am a Craftsman.

       

      I was hoping, a little, for Magician.