Death of a Craftsman

Einar Høst

Lightning talk - in English

What does it mean to be a good software developer? What story can I tell myself that gives me direction and confidence that I am doing a good job? The narrative offered by the software craftsman metaphor is one such story - by far the most prevalent one in today's industry - but could there be others? What are the implications of the craftsman narrative? Does it have any short-comings or things that it fails to mention? Could it be misleading or even harmful? And most importantly: if I don't feel at home in the craftsmanship narrative, am I still allowed to think of myself as a good developer? Is there life beyond craftsmanship?