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DieNand

A big part of this is due to mismanagement and pressure from above. It’s not the dev’s fault.

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Blaine Osepchuk Author

Sure, we face tons of pressure but I don't think we should just let ourselves off the hook too easily.

Bridges and new buildings often go over budget. Engineers and project managers must face enormous pressure to keep costs under control. Yet, it's very rare that a bridge or building falls down.

There was a bridge upgrade project in my city that went something like 300% over budget for both money and time a few years ago. It was a big-ish deal here. The project manager got on TV and said he knew this wasn't the plan but the condition of the bridge was discovered to be worse than the initial inspections suggested and this was what was required to make the bridge safe.

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DieNand

Well usually in software dev you don’t get more time or a bigger budget you just have to through night it for weeks on end to get it out the door and when something goes wrong... it’s always on the devs.

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Blaine Osepchuk Author

Sounds like you work at a tough place.

We push release dates back or trim features if we think the code isn't ready. And I haven't worked overtime in years (because we believe it leads to more mistakes and burnout).