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re: Which fictional story (book, movie, etc.) is the best allegory for software development? VIEW POST

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For us poor sods who don't work at cushy startups with foosball tables and free lunch, Office Space is still dead on. (Despite the movie being about software developers, I'm claiming it's not "specifically about software" as much as it's about the culture around office life in America.)

 

Spoiler alert:

For foofy startups, Office Space is still dead on.

 

Mike Judge is a national treasure

 

I've spent most of my career in consulting. I've gotten to work at a lot of organizations of varying sizes and across many industries. Every place is broken – you just have to find th brokenness that's easiest to deal with (one of the benefits of shorter-term consulting is you only have to tolerate a given brand of brokenness for a limited period of time and, when you're just about to lose your mind with the current brand, you can console yourself with "it's only more days/weeks/months"

 
 

Replace "Cloud" with AI/ML/DL/Blockchain and you have the modern business people.

Even better: modern business people that don't quite understand that "correlation" and "causation" are two very different things ...and that, while AI and ML can be damned good at finding the former, they sorely struggle with the latter.

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