There’s no such thing as a 10x engineer spending time on something that never ends up delivering business value. If something doesn’t deliver business value, it’s 0x.Ah, the 10x Engineer™.
- Erik Bernhardsson
One of the most frustrating things I’ve witnessed in my career is smart developers working on stuff that just doesn’t matter.
Blistering progress toward a goal that does the business no good, is not progress at all. In fact, when you consider the opportunity cost, it’s negative value.
Perhaps more important than raw technical ability is a finely-tuned intuition about where to aim that talent.