Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Solver Manifesto

The Solvers'

by Nuno Simaria | February 13th 2011
We, programmers who have learned how to combine fonts, shapes and colors so you could offer your client a professional looking interface. We,designers who have learned how to edit video and mix audio so you could have an effective commercial for your company. We, AV technicians who have learned how to build a webpage so you could have your trailer on the internet without spending a dime.
We are here.
We are not programmers. They don't have to make banners based on your nephew’s drawing. We are not designers. They don't have to know how to post-produce a film. We are not AV technicians. They don't have to worry about validating your 30 field form using JavaScript so you can sell your movie online.
We are many.
Yet, we still don't know what we are. We are not multimedia engineers, because we are not engineers. We are not IT experts. Experts don't get paid two beers and a cheeseburger. We are not art directors, they get a lot more respect.
We are not jobless, yet there is no name for what we do. And because of that, our craft hasn't earned any respect. We are not the computer guy. We are not the girl that knows how to draw. We are not the smart intern.
We are multi taskers.
We are fast learners.
We are good listeners.
We are self taught.
We are good people, because we care about your problems, and we fix them.
We are solvers.
We know how to do anything. If we don't know how to do it, we know how to go about getting it done. And if that doesn't work either, we know a lot more people like us. A solver that will help us, and will teach us how to do it.
We learn from each other.
We help each other.
We teach each other.
We recognize each other.
We are a tribe.
We don't care about your corporative lingo, as you don't care about our obscure movie references. We don't care about your suits, as you don't care about our t-shirts with geeky puns. But we respect you, and you should respect us. Like you respect a doctor, a teacher, a mechanic or a plumber. You wouldn't second guess a doctor. You wouldn't tell a mechanic to "keep that part, its old but I like it that way".
Some of us are big time CEOs, some of us have earned some credit in small circles, usually populated by people like ourselves. But most of us are exploited, doing odd jobs for you just because we are the only ones that know how to do it.
You can't graduate on what we do. We can't teach you how to do it.
We are curious, critics of our job, thinkers. We have learned from many people and we've tried and erred until we got it. We are persistent. We work when you've left. We are experts in nothing, yet we know a great deal about almost anything.
We are Solvers. That's what we do. We solve your problems. As fast as we can.
We are Solvers. We like what we do.
Just show some appreciation once in a while.

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