I ran accross this post by Krishna Kumar today discussing how the goal of the Software Craftsman is great but that programmers today don’t care. He notes that many of today’s programmers are in it for the paycheck and not interested in being the best they can be. Kumar discusses how the term Software Craftsman can be perceived as elitist and unapproachable for programmers just in it for the job. I thought this was an interesting point. We want our developers to best the best the can be but are we providing options that are approachable and interesting enough for what they are really focused on.
Krishna continues on noting that organizations need to foster this growth as well. Its one thing thing to have an interested and driven individual, its another to have an organization that fosters and nurtures growth and development rather than simply factory style, assembly line code.
Good read with multiple points. Take time to read the whole thing.