In a Boat Without a Paddle

Not the title I would have given it, but I’ve never seen a picture that more accurate reflects my mood. Remove the paddle, and it’s exactly how I fee.

Have you ever been stuck in emergency mode so long that nothing at all feels important? Work has been maddening, with everyone claiming top priority and not allowing time for rational thought before the problem must be solved in the shortest amount of time and with little to no testing. It’s a hideous way to work, and I’ve finally gotten so sick of it that today I refused to make a fix until someone had a list of problems longer than 1. I won’t go in and touch anymore code with justification and a real list of goals. I give up. My patience is at an end. I’m out of emergency juice.

By Kevin Lawver

Web developer, Software Engineer @ Gusto, Co-founder @ TechSAV, husband, father, aspiring social capitalist and troublemaker.