After failing in production for a third time, the team lead’s passive aggressive tendencies became apparent in his bug report title. Can you blame him?
It all depends on context, of course. But if three attempts to get something working in production still fail…there may be a larger problem somewhere.
That got me thinking. Maybe we should add passive aggressive suffixes for all our “escapes” (bugs not caught in test). It would serve to embarrass and remind ourselves that we can do better.
- “…fail I” would not be so bad.
- “…fail II” would be embarrassing.
- “…fail III” should make us ask for help testing and coding.
- “…fail IV” should make us ask to be transferred to a more suitable project.
- by “…fail V” we should be taking our users out to lunch.
- “…fail VI” I’ve always wanted to be a marine biologist, no time like the present.