I agree with much of this thread, and think it is an opportunity for folks to write about upleveling engineering practices at smaller orgs.

That is not the way that incentive gradients run for engineers at AppAmaGooFaceSoft, to be true.
But there’s a huge amount of value in e.g. teaching Rails shops enough about Ansible and Vagrant so that they’re able to adopt the “cattle not pets” treatment of servers, dev boxes, and laptops that is standard at companies with teams working on developer productivity.
And as someone who will certainly have a shrine to Hashicorp built in the corner of any company I ever run in the future, I do think it actually is possible to have a fair degree of rigor and engineering skill at companies with 1, 2, or 12 engineers.
I also think it’s important for large software firms, who build ecosystems that almost every software engineer interacts with, to understand that their customers are intelligent professionals who have resource/time constraints rather than second class engineers.
For one thing, “If you’ve never used Kubernetes can you even computer” probably corrupts the hiring profiles more than desirable. There are many talented engineers currently working for firms which are not high status software firms; happily give them job offers when possible.
For another, when you’re building products for developers, you have to understand that even if the customer is in a small eng org at a legacy institution they’re *neither stupid nor necessarily unsophisticated.*

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