- Your company is relocating from that “stuffy” office in the business park to a “bohemian” section of the parking lot.
- When you ask senior leaders about the next target platform for your product, they reply that it doesn’t matter and that you’re welcome to pick whichever one you want.
- After a steady stream of departures from your team, you are now your own boss since you’re the only one left.
- When you tell your developer friends about your latest stories from work, they politely respond “Oh, I thought that you guys closed down already. You’re still around?”
- If you’re the new hire, your new equipment includes a blood-covered monitor and a partially-smashed keyboard.
- Even though you weren’t hired as such, you’ve become a full stack developer out of necessity. (When people ask how things are going, you reply that you feel like you’re running a marathon through a mine field.)
- Your coworkers don’t even hide the fact that they’re using your main competitor’s product in the office. Worse yet, it’s used at company meetings.
- Turnover is so high that the most senior programmer has a grizzled employment record of three months and works inside a padded room.
- Management has repeatedly asked you whether you would like to buy them out.
- Every other commit message in the code repository ends with a variation of “…Please, somebody kill me.”
Peter Bolton is the author of Blowing the Bridge: A Software Story and has also been known to be a grumpy bastard on occasion.