Say goodbye to "junior" engineering roles

The Stack Overflow Podcast

On today’s episode we chat with Kirimgeray Kirimli, a director at Flatiron Software and CEO of Snapshot Reviews, a tool that measure developer productivity based on activity from Github, Jira, standups, and more. Kirimli explains how Snapshot Reviews tries to measure a developer's true impact, not just the volume of their activity. He also speaks to the growing power of AI coding assistants and suggests "junior engineer" is not likely to be a job available to humans for much longer.

How would all this work in practice? Of course, any metric you set out can easily become a target that developers look to game. With Snapshot Reviews, the goal is to get a high level overview of a software team’s total activity and then use AI to measure the complexity of the tasks and output.

If a pull request attached to a Jira ticket is evaluated as simple by the system, for example, and a programmer takes weeks to finish it, then their productivity would be scored poorly. If a coder pushes code changes only once or twice a week, but the system rates them as complex and useful, then a high score would be awarded.

You can learn more about Snapshot Reviews here.

You can learn more about Flatiron Software here.

Connect with Kirim on LinkedIn here.

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