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I think that "hiring the best" is becoming too much of a cult.

Most programming work is routine and not creative. Even when working on really creative new projects. Most of it is humdrum, and often based on patterns. this is particularly true for UI.

Most modern systems also require so many people to write them, that inherently, they all can't be the best. Most people are average, even if they are not, they still have to do lots of "average" person's tasks.  

That being said, demanding basic competency and minimum sensible requirements is not unreasonable and not something that you should compromise on.

Think about routine surgery: Depending on your risk tolerance, you would probably prefer to have an average doctor perform it rather than wait 10 years for the Dean of the medical school to have time to do it. That does not mean you should let the orderly perform the surgery.

I think that "hiring the best" is becoming too much of a cult.

Most programming work is routine and not creative. Even when working on really creative new projects. Most of it is humdrum, and often based on patterns. this is particularly true for UI.

Most modern systems also require so many people to write them, that inherently, they all can't be the best. Most people are average.  

That being said, demanding basic competency and minimum sensible requirements is not unreasonable and not something that you should compromise on.

Think about routine surgery: Depending on your risk tolerance, you would probably prefer to have an average doctor perform it rather than wait 10 years for the Dean of the medical school to have time to do it. That does not mean you should let the orderly perform the surgery.

I think that "hiring the best" is becoming too much of a cult.

Most programming work is routine and not creative. Even when working on really creative new projects. Most of it is humdrum, and often based on patterns. this is particularly true for UI.

Most modern systems also require so many people to write them, that inherently, they all can't be the best. Most people are average, even if they are not, they still have to do lots of "average" person's tasks.

That being said, demanding basic competency and minimum sensible requirements is not unreasonable and not something that you should compromise on.

Think about routine surgery: Depending on your risk tolerance, you would probably prefer to have an average doctor perform it rather than wait 10 years for the Dean of the medical school to have time to do it. That does not mean you should let the orderly perform the surgery.

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I think that "hiring the best" is becoming too much of a cult.

Most programming work is routine and not creative. Even when working on really creative new projects. Most of it is humdrum, and often based on patterns. this is particularly true for UI.

Most modern systems also require so many people to write them, that inherently, they all can't be the best. Most people are average.

That being said, demanding basic competency and minimum sensible requirements is not unreasonable and not something that you should compromise on.

Think about routine surgery: Depending on your risk tolerance, you would probably prefer to have an average doctor perform it rather than wait 10 years for the Dean of the medical school to have time to do it. That does not mean you should let the orderly perform the surgery.