One from Adam one the Twitters… what on earth are people thinking of when they describe a computer programmer as a “ninja”?

A software developer who wears pyjamas and a facemask? One who you barely ever see? One who never says anything to anyone? Or, as Adam puts it for “Agile Ninja Coder”, one who’s dressed up, writing code and playing Twister simultaneously?

I put the blame with the Six Sigma people who thought that they could add a level of glamour and sex appeal to the terminally dull world of quality management by awarding karate-like coloured belts to denote various levels of accreditation. That made it open game for any martial art-related metaphor. What a shame there aren’t only 3.4 crap metaphors for every million that come out of the tech industry…

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