part fiveAppendix


For a while I hosted a discussion forum on my website called "Ask Joel," in which I invited readers to ask questions that I attempted to answer. Here are some of my favorites.

QMy organization has in recent years been overrun with program managers who seem better equipped to make decisions about polo shirts and khaki pants than about technical matters.

They foment confusion by misusing distinct technical terms as if they were interchangeable. They're oblivious to technical nuance. Worst of all, they have no natural defenses against the influence of weak engineers. (Hmmm, maybe the weak engineers are the real problem here—maybe software companies don't need technical PMs.)

Obviously, I'm a bitter ...

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