Specialization is for Insects

It turns out that this quote by Robert A. Heinlein is supported by recent studies:

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

Published by Luca Sartoni

I lead a team of engineers across three continents at Automattic. I love hiking, photography, and 3D printers.

2 thoughts on “Specialization is for Insects

  1. Thanks for sharing this interesting article. I still believe that software development tends to reward specialists over generalists. Not that it’s by any means ‘right’ or the way it will be in the future.

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