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Discussion on: Describe the worst coding culture you've been a part of

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Kasey Speakman

Probably the one that made it hardest to build good software was where the boss comes in every day with a new emergency. Suddenly whatever I was working on before (including the emergency from yesterday) was irrelevant and the only thing that matters is today's emergency.

At the time I wouldn't have known maintainable code if it smacked me in the face. But emergency code was the worst of the worst. And a lot of features got developed that way before young me realized: when everything is an emergency, then nothing is an emergency.