Personally, I've got a little of both in me.
Michael Lopp on Stables and Volatiles
Stables are engineers who:
Volatiles are the engineers who:
- Happily work with direction and appreciate that there appears to be a plan, as well as the calm predictability of a well-defined schedule.
- Play nice with others because they value an efficiently-run team.
- Calmly assess risk and carefully work to mitigate failure, however distant or improbable it might be.
- Tend to generate a lot of process because they know process creates predictably and measurability.
- Are known for their calm reliability.
- Prefer to define strategy rather than follow it.
- Have issues with authority and often have legitimate arguments for anarchy.
- Can’t conceive of failing, and seek a thrill in risk.
- See working with others as time-consuming and onerous tasks, prefer to work in small, autonomous groups, and don’t give a shit how you feel.
- Often don’t build particularly beautiful or stable things, but they sure do build a lot.
- Are only reliable if it’s in their best interest.
- Leave a trail of disruption in their wake.