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Developer Anxiety, we’re not alone(r/programming)
So what’s the solution then? I’ve vacillated between two equally unsatisfying states. One is “this project is me” and killed myself trying to meet unreasonable deadlines. The opposite was “i have no stake in this project, fuck it” and did shit. I think both states are equally terrible…
I recently read “Why does software cost so much” by DeMarco. The introductory essay of the same name basically brought into focus my 15 years in the industry. I’m constantly being told that I’m not working fast enough which is the source of the majority of my anxiety. DeMarco argues that most developers are well meaning people who are being lead by clueless managers. Thus developers need to learn how to say no, and push back on the deadlines. This is taking too long? According to who? Based on what data? My goal going forward is to learn how to push back better. I wholeheartedly recommend the essay, which is unfortunatley behind an ACM/IEEE pay wall. What’s amazing to me is that it’s from 1993 and nothing has really changed in 20 years.
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