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That IT guy, the one that fixes things

Post icon  Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:11 AM

I was recently asked to provide our application developer skill set. More specifically, the kind of stuff you'd throw in a want ad.

Though not pertinent, for the curious, I provided this:
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Today, I was told we'd be hiring for that position. Huh? We don't need any app developers... We are fighting fires, working on an application migration, fulfilling custom work requests, and generally have more than enough work. But, we haven't started a new in house project for some time. It it weren't for the fact that most programmers are tech savvy enough to solve most enterprise problems not directly related producing code, we'd probably have to let some go.

Turns out, what they really want is a capable geek. We recently lost a project manager, not a programmer at all, who was a capable geek. He knew enough SQL and OS stuff to diagnose most problems with our systems. Would sometimes write scripts to fix problems or just manually resolve issues. We need that kind of guy.

How the hell do you advertize for that? Opening for accomplished Enterprise script kiddie? The powers that be feel that is a programmer position. It's not, of course. But I don't know what it is.

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Re: That IT guy, the one that fixes things

Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:20 AM

Hmmm.. an odd set for a 'systems admin / programmer' hybrid.
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Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:23 AM

"Utility infielder". You want someone who can cover the bases and won't screw up anyone's play.
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Re: That IT guy, the one that fixes things

Posted 01 July 2013 - 01:18 PM

I assume with that wanted skillset you will be paying this person $250,000/year?

Jokes aside, you probably want to advert for a full-stack developer.
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Re: That IT guy, the one that fixes things

Posted 01 July 2013 - 01:31 PM

I'd be less than thrilled if I showed up for that interview and was told that I wouldn't be actually programming. You're basically looking for an Admin/DBA with a sideline interest in programming. That's how I'd advertise. I'm willing to bet that you'll have a few people lose interest after they're told what the job really entails.
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Posted 01 July 2013 - 03:16 PM

DevOps methinks. You want an Op that knows a bit about development and can jump in. They're more apt to play firefighter and get a lot of that done. At the very least that's what I do.
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Re: That IT guy, the one that fixes things

Posted 02 July 2013 - 07:29 AM

Capable geek here, still just a junior coder though. Where do I sign up?
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