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I. M. Wright’s “Hard Code”: A Decade of Hard-Won Lessons from Microsoft® by Eric Brechner

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Reader Acclaim for I. M. Wright’s “Hard Code” Column

Any large organization is prone to fall prey to its own self-made culture. Myths about how things should be or should be done turn into self-fulfilling prophecies. Any such trend is surely terminal for any organization, but it is a rapid killer in a technology company that thrives on perpetual innovation. Eric Brechner does an incredible job at pulling out the scalpel and cutting deep into such organizational fluff. He is also not shy at throwing a full punch—the occasional black eye being an intended outcome. While some of the lingo and examples are somewhat more appealing to the Microsoft insider, there is little in his wit and wisdom that shouldn’t become lore across the software industry. ...

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