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The #1 Thing You Need To Know About Promotion In Tech

  • Promotion is about behavior, not output
  • Raw output doesn't scale. You only have so many hours in a day, and your hands can only physically type so many lines of code per minute.
  • Senior engineers can have 10x to 100x the impact of a junior engineer. In order for them to do this, they need to add deeper types of value to the business.
  • That deeper type of value comes from behaving in a fundamentally different way to more junior levels. In particular, engineers at these very senior levels add multiplicative value instead of additive value. An example of this is a senior engineer empowering many others to write code instead of just writing the code themselves.

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