Genius is a fickle beast. Sometimes you have the good fortune to work with a mad genius. Other times you are doomed to work with pure madness. There are also times when it is hard to tell the difference.
This story is about the fall from grace of an extremely gifted team member with a deep understanding of our product’s architecture. He had an uncanny ability to forecast future requirements, and a ton of domain-specific knowledge.
Lets have a seat, you and I. We need to talk. If you haven’t read the story “We fired our top talent. Best decision we ever made.”, take about 10–15 minutes or so, read up, and soak it all in.
Done? Fantastic. Lets dissect this, because there is so much more than meets the eye here. Presumably, if you have read the story, you understand that the author describes a problem worker that he has dubbed “Rick”. Rick is the local genius with a ton of domain knowledge about their product, and a member of the core development staff for this product.