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Sep
17
comment How to deal with tremendous number of failing tests?
@Shautieh: a colleague of mine once said that a bug in the code is two bugs: a bug in the code and a blind spot in the tests. I guess it's actually three if you count the developer who tolerates failing tests, and four if you count the managers who promote such an incompetent.
Sep
17
comment How to deal with tremendous number of failing tests?
"A test suite is supposed to give you confidence that the system does what [it should]." No, it's supposed to tell me whether the system does what it should; false confidence is worse than none. "What you need is a test suite that runs with no errors" No, what he needs is a test suite that gives him useful information about the soundness of the code. What he has now is many cryptic warning lights, which are better than a green light from a shiny new test suite that doesn't test anything. He should disable the old tests temporarily, but not abandon any that he hasn't verified as spurious.
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Apr
29
comment How do you handle your Project Manager
An estimate is not a promise, it's an estimate. It should be as accurate as you can make it it, and if you calculate it correctly the actual time will be higher or lower about equally often. A promise should be higher, so that the work will rarely run over. If a boss/client asks for an estimate, but will hold you to as if it were a promise, then calculate it as a promise (e.g. estimate, then triple). A boss who demands that estimates for complex six-month projects always be accurate to the day is just a mentally lazy, technically incompetent PHB trying to steal credit and shed blame.
Sep
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awarded  Yearling
Feb
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awarded  Caucus
Sep
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awarded  Yearling
Sep
2
comment Name for this antipattern? Fields as local variables
I would say "If you see it in production code, it is a sign that you should reexamine your hiring process"
Jul
29
comment Why can't the IT industry deliver large, faultless projects quickly as in other industries?
Do you understand programmers who don't make every effort to produce error-free code, because that would take twice as long and management is breathing down their necks to implement these new features yesterday?
Mar
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awarded  Mortarboard
Sep
27
awarded  Yearling
Sep
7
comment My boss wants a narrated line-by-line English explanation of our code
@Frustrated: So whose voice are you imagining? I can't decide between Sean Connery and Morgan Freeman.
Aug
31
answered How should C++ Unit Test code be organized for maximum Unit Test efficiency?
Aug
22
comment How can I comply with Open Source licenses, and yet protect my own work + App Store
Your guideline #1 seems to cover #3.
Jul
15
awarded  Guru
Jul
11
comment Completing a project successfully despite hostile management?
I can't add much to the answers already given except-- if you're asking how to complete the project despite hostile management, you're asking the wrong question. You will wind up hurling yourself against impossible deadlines, hoping for miracles, and failing. Note that most of the answers below involve leaving the project, or not meeting the requirements your bosses currently demand. Success is not an option. Abandon that idea and you can start to distinguish good tactics from bad.
Jul
8
awarded  Great Answer
Jul
6
comment How do you handle your Project Manager
@omouse: good advice for the manager, but he's not the one we're trying to advise.
Jul
6
awarded  Good Answer
Jul
6
awarded  Nice Answer