What makes a good Performance Engineer?

I was asked recently to describe in my own words what qualities a good performance engineer would have, as they were trying to make a decision on hiring a resource for their company. I came up with some stuff and thought it might be good to share it with you and offer it up as a discussion topic in the Forums for the site. Perhaps you can add your own input and help businesses make informed hiring choices. This is not for use with an official job description, but more about principles and concepts.

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