Clint Edmonson, over at, has a great post about how to assess your developer team skills.

The short version, is characterised like this:

  • Novice – “Just tell me what you want me to do.”
  • Advanced Beginner – “I’m ready for my next task.”
  • Competent – “I’ll have it done by the end of the day.”
  • Proficient – “The XYZ pattern can solve that problem perfectly.”
  • Expert (aka Master or Wizard) – “Did you need anything else?”

If you want to know where your developer’s skill level are at, I heartily recommend reading it.

And, since this is a Friday, it reminded me of this chart, back when I was working as a Computer Operator.

A concise guide to basic traits of Data Processing personnel

(click on the picture for a larger version)

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