the politics of programming
the good news for the work imbroglio is that sales are way up, so we're merely arguing about the gilt on the lily, but the common human tendency to equate disagreement with disrespect, and respond in kind, is remarkably consistent. the figures in question are incontrovertible, much like our deficit and our debt, yet it's being insisted that all decisions which have led to them, along with those making them, are infallible and must be held beyond reproach, and anyone saying otherwise must be an enemy to be resisted at every available opportunity.
years ago, i was merged into a new corporate area whose leader was conducting that day a recap of the prior year's achievements. as i sat in the audience, and he flashed the #1 achievement of his team onto the screen, i felt coincident urges to laugh out loud, and cringe with despair.
"congratulations on winning the internal battle with [that other corporate area]"
and here i thought my job was to sell software...