Expectations Of Professional Software Engineers

Mike Acton’s Expectations Of Professional Software Engineers - Adam Johnson

In a 2019 talk/rant titled “Everyone Watching This Is Fired”, games industry veteran Mike Acton rattled off a sample of 50 things he expects of developers he works with. The title refers to his tongue-in-cheek suggestion that anyone who doesn’t meet all these requirements would be immediately fired.

Although his sense of humour isn’t for everyone, the suggestions are valuable. The list forms a baseline for software engineers to compare themselves against, and it’s not very specific to the games industry.

Adam Johnson make a textual version of the suggestions in the talk, and provided it for reference.

I found the talk, and the list a little challenging, in a mostly good way.

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