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One of my greatest frustrations is watching developers try to implement "requirements" that make no sense or are technically flawed.

Dev: "I want to do X".
Me: "X is impossible, but you can achieve your goal with Y."
Dev: "I can't; my requirement is to do X".

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Leadership should empower their engineers to bring their expertise to bear as part of a conversation about how to build their systems.

One-way flows of information tend to produce silos that are inimical to good, well-rounded, and effective output.

I'm proud that my organization and my team do really well at this. But it's sad to see people having a tough time in settings where those conversations don't happen, and I shudder to think of the software that comes out of it.

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