The picture was taken in my office a few weeks ago. It is not faked. The output of an automated build system (Team City) is reporting how many days there have been problems with the build for; and the number of days is 42.
When an individual makes the same mistakes repetitively, you might ask why they do so, why they don’t learn (and of course; ‘Why don’t they improve?’), and so on. When the same thing happens within a professional organisation, we need to ask why the business doesn’t learn, and why the business allows the individual to continue on that path. I think I have a couple of suggestions why this might be.
A very personal note this time. Last week I released a project that was pretty-much the largest single release that I’ve worked on for my current employer.
Like many systems, the history of this one is that as customer applications made their way through the relevant processes, the system recorded various information about the processes that happened and how they worked out. The system then used the presence or absence of those success / fail records to decide what needed to be done next.
A What? A Clock – ok, I get that! A ‘Moon Clock’ – what’s that? And why’s it tidal powered?
Thankfully, I am here to answer these questions for you
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