My Expertise

When I was one I had just begun
When I was two I was nearly new

When I was three I was hardly me
When I was four I was not much more

When I was five I was just alive
But now I am six, I’m as clever as clever;

So I think I’ll be six now for ever and ever.

 — A. A. Milne[1]

I’m fast approaching six years as a professional software engineer.  A quick back of the envelope calculation suggests that this means I’ve worked 11,820 hours, and have been becoming a software engineer for four years prior — back at the start of 2004 was when I first started university.  According to Malcolm Gladwell’s definition I should be an expert by now.

Read more of this post