More on Specialization

“[…] A generalizing specialist is more than just a generalist. A generalist is a jack-of-all-trades but a master of none, whereas a generalizing specialist is a jack-of-all-trades and master of a few. Big difference.

Too much specialization is a pitfall of its own. Have you ever worked on projects where you had “the database guy”, “the testing guy”, “the web guy”, and so forth […]”Jeff Atwood

I love this. It “clicks” and “sounds” a lot similar to my “Superior Dedication” tagline. Or at least, to what I mean with it. BTW, Have you noticed that I changed it to a nicer, stronger, les polite one lately ? You didn’t ? Well, it used to be touting “Superior Dedication – You notice the difference”; but I just grew even more pissed off at certain claims and a while ago I decided to change it to “Superior Dedication – Specialization is Bullshit”. Which has pretty much the same meaning, it just smells stronger.

The previous post I quotes gets crowned by a very nice first comment, attributed to Konrad Lorenz:

“[…] Every man gets a narrower and narrower field of knowledge in which he must be an expert in order to compete with other people. The specialist knows more and more about less and less and finally knows everything about nothing. […]”

It is nice to see that you are not the only one thinking out of certain schemes. Especially on sundays. It makes you ready for tomorrow, when you’ll have to go to work again… when you will be with the customer, and what REALLY counts is not specialization, but dedication, passion and intuition 🙂

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