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Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager, Third Edition by Michael Lopp

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© Michael Lopp 2016

Michael Lopp, Managing Humans, 10.1007/978-1-4842-2158-7_50

50. Your Resignation Checklist

A checklist for the final days

Michael Lopp

(1)Los Gatos, California, USA

Borland was tanking. I’d survived three rounds of layoffs primarily because my project was still generating quite a bit of revenue, but at every meeting I attended, everyone kept using the word if.

“Well, if we get funded we’ll be able to do this.”

“If Paul stays, we can keep this feature.”

“I don’t know if this is a good idea given what we don’t know.”

If—everywhere. If is uncertainty. If is fear. If there were no if I’d be able to focus on my job, but I couldn’t because no one was sure what was going to happen.

When I finally received an offer from a database company ...

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