“First, he created a cult of dependence. Any problem eventually became a Rick problem, a myth he encouraged. Developers learned to stop trying and just wait for Rick.”
How did he accomplish the COD alone? Wouldnt that have required at least a complicit green light from the top down?
“I don’t believe Rick started out this way. I saw him at his worst. This was after years of working escalating overtime and facing increasing criticism from customers and colleagues.”
He definitely started that way, but it was hidden in the shadows of patience and compromise.