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Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager, Second Edition by Michael Lopp

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Meeting Creatures

Worst meeting ever.

It’s not that the attendee list is wrong. All the right people are there and they’re bright and they’re the decision makers. It’s not that the topic is boring or poorly defined. It’s a big deal. The problem with this meeting is that it’s never going to end.

See, about a year ago, one of our senior engineers was reading our contract with our application server. He read, “Support ends in two years. We’re done. You’re on your own.” He freaked out, called a meeting, and freaked out again in the meeting to make sure we knew it was a big deal, so we agreed it was a big deal. To-do lists were generated, follow-up ...

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