I’ve become increasingly interested in the different types of working environments currently available for programmers and software developers. My past has included a wide variation of project sizes, companies, technologies and system quality. That gives me a sense of how much variance is out there in different development shops, but my exposure has been limited to companies in Toronto, London and Waterloo. I’d like to know what other environments exist, and how people feel about them.
anybody interested in describing where they work or have worked in the
past, you can comment on this post or if you’d rather, you can send me
email directly. If I get enough feedback, I’ll put together some type of
summary in a post (but no company names).
Questions about different environments:
type of development work is going on? What’s the domain and the core
functionality? Is the system sophisticated? What sort of planning and
design occurs? How long does that extend into the future? What’s the
methodology used when building?
the culture to get it down quickly, or is it to get it done right? How
long do people spend analysing vs. building vs. testing? How much
research goes into the underlying algorithms? How about interface
standards? How is technical debt. handled? What types of documentation
is getting done? What about code reviews?
is making the product decisions? Who is making the technical ones? Who
does the analysis? What role do domain experts play, if any? Who is
making the interface choices? If the project is large, is there
consistency to the interface? Are there graphic designers? Editors?
many bugs are being found? Is there a separate QA group? A separate
operations dept? When bugs are fixed, do they ever reoccur again? Do
related problems occur frequently?
Are projects coming in close to their schedule? How often are releases happening?
the overall environment like: fun or serious? Is it expected that
everyone works overtime? How much overtime do people normally work? Do
they encourage people to have a healthy work/life balance?
is the office environment like? Is it quiet? Private? Are the software
developers all together? What about management? Are there technical
managers? Do they code as well?
How does this environment compare to others you’ve experienced?