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