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When Developers Work Late, Should Manager Stay or Go?

Dec 21, 2009, 19:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Spiegel)

"Let’s turn the clock back to earlier that morning. I was writing software for a major payroll conversion that was supposed to take place that coming weekend. We had tested and tested and were continuing to test in preparation for the big conversion that would impact over one hundred thousand employees.

"I was feeling pretty confident and very well prepared. Then that all changed in an instant. Our business analysts had mistakenly mapped a bunch of fields incorrectly and the logic was much more complex than what we were already doing.

"It was agreed that this shouldn’t stop the conversion and that we needed to code the changes immediately so we could run one full test cycle.

"Let me be more clear. My manager agreed. I was simply told.

"He sauntered into my cube and said “I have a challenge for you."

"Uh oh."

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