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Re: Programming is combat

by bluto (Curate)
on Jul 08, 2004 at 15:22 UTC ( #372828=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Programming is combat

I worked on a large programming project for a few years which was distributed over various locations on the internet. I've since moved on since it devolved into bickering factions without any real leadership. It could have used a lot of the points you brought up here (esp "Lead, Follow, ..." and "Learn other jobs").

The best thing about the work was: The golden rule (i.e. mentoring, debugging, etc. when others needed it the most). Nothing beats a cooperative team environment. The worst: Infighting over, or just plain usurpation of new development work while leaving the scraps (i.e. user documentation, integration/system/regression testing, etc) to others. It's been noticed a million times before, but things just seem to work better when there are small teams which are located together. (I'm assuming this is true in the military as well).

Update: Hit "Create" too soon and needed to edit a little.

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[Discipulus]: being her marto, can you explain what "Par for the course I'm afraid." means?
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[marto]: "what is normal or expected in any given circumstances."
[marto]: better: "If a type of behaviour, event, or situation is par for the course, it is not good but it is normal or as you would expect"
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[marto]: this was about 16 months ago maybe. the noc team are, in my experience, very responsive to reports of issues, so please raise the issue after checking known problems/outages

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