I’m commuting to work in Geneva on my motorbike at the moment.
There are two types of sport in this
- the lovely flowing sweeping bends on the early part of the journey
- the jousting with cars and scootards within Geneva.
Frankly the bike lane is pure anarchy!
The cars all queue up and pootle along slowly in line with the rules of the road.
The bikers filter sensibly wherever there is a (safe (sometimes anyway)) gap.
The scootards just go wherever the chuff they like, on the pavement, through roadworks bollards, into the back of anyone daft enough to actually stop at traffic lights or crossings.
There is a clear hierarchy
Bikers at the top of course as we usually have the most training, the best view (highest eye line, generally), and the best awareness.
Next car drivers, or sheep if you like, who just blindly follow the car in front, have limited choices, have to follow the rules.
At the bottom its the scootards, or even worse the double scootards. These are people who probably havent passed any licence, can’t spell training and think a tartan rug over their knees makes them high visibility and completely indestructible. These ejits truly believe the road belongs to them, and the pavement, and the central reservation, and your garden if they need it.
The car drivers remind me of mainstream software developers. Limited in choices, tied to unimaginative processes, plodding slowly towards their original destination with limited opportunity to change quickly.
The bikes and scootards remind me of users, cutting and thrusting, breaking and bending the rules where they need to, making rapid progress towards their goal, and easy to change direction if they need to. The scootards have that short term view and lack of concern for the consequences that in particular reminds me of user developed spreadsheets. The bikers with their better view, better training remind me of course of that rare breed, the business developer. A person who uses the tools available to solve business problems effectively rather than slavishly obsessing about how to integrate the latest tool version or language feature (thats you, all you VS 2010 early adopters btw (car drivers!)) into their current project regardless of the complete lack of business benefit.
From a practical pov the scootards represent the biggest danger to me, their twist-n-go ease leads them to a slack attitude in all aspects of their riding. I’m just relieved they can’t corner or go over 60 kmh, at least they don’t bother normal road users on the nice roads.
What do you think to the metaphor?
(i had wanted a photo for this piece, but as I’m sure you’ll understand that’s pretty challenging under the circumstances)