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So Professional That It’s Unprofessional

November 3, 2012 4 comments

Mike Williams is one of the big three Erlang creators (along with Joe Armstrong and Robert Virding) and the developer of the first Erlang Virtual Machine. Since then, he’s “moved up” and has been working as a software engineering manager for 20+ years. In his InfoQ talk titled “The Ideal Programmer – Why They Don’t Exist and How to Manage Without Them?“, Mike presents this hilarious slide:

It’s hilarious because, if you browse web sites like and, you’ll find tons of similar, impossible-to-satisfy job descriptions. Everybody, especially the job description writer, knows that exhaustive “requirements” lists like these are a crock of BS. This practice is so professional that it’s unprofessional. So, why does it persist?

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