Two years a cloudgineer: technical debt limbo (Appendix A)
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The business team won’t feel the acute emotional consequences of debt. It’s no fault of their own. It’s just simply invisible to them. Though I have to say, we have some amazingly empathetic folks on our team. I think because we are still small, 25–30 employees in about 1500 sq ft. They overhear our bemoans during standup: when we recount, tight lipped, the skirmishes with unforeseen debt we face in legacy code while working on (what was) a simple bug fix. They are pretty damn attuned. Great to work in STEM. Scientists get this shit — it’s probably the similarities between research and web dev; making something real out of theory, hypothesis; wrestling with the unknown; intimacy with failure, frustration, experimentation.