Don’t Get Stuck Thinking You’re Awesome

Occasionally I see software developers referring to themselves as “senior”. I don’t really like the use of this term too much as I believe it means nothing.

“Hi, I’m a senior developer”

All I heard was “hi”, then some other words, then “developer”. We don’t need to negotiate status.

Don’t get me wrong, seniority can mean a specific thing inside of an organization – maybe there are pay grades expected by a union or a specific set of expectations and responsibilities that can be divided into different roles. And for lack of creative job titles, we end up with things like analyst I/II/III, or junior/intermediate/senior developer.

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