You have being lucky, I've heard some of the articles arguments in some workplaces and in a non-ironic tone. The non opinion and losing time refactoring are common, getting stuck with old tech too. Big picture too, is not unusual to see marketing people making promises without taking advice from IT and then IT trying to cram messy code, refactoring is not even in the horizon. And the boss/leader difference is not as universally understood as we would like. Many programmers living in captivity in closets near the boiler room.
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