We Lie Like Dogs

By Deane Barker on April 28, 2006

The Top Ten Lies of Engineers: Great article about how we lie and lie to everyone about the code we write and the systems we build.

The best one is number eight:

“We can do this faster, cheaper, and better with an offshore programming team in India.”

Rank and file engineers usually don’t tell this lie; it’s the CTO who does. Somehow we’ve got it in our heads that every programmer in India is good, fast, and cheap, and every programmer in the United States is lousy, slow, and expensive. My theory is that for version 1.0 of a product, the maximum allowable distance between the engineers and marketers is thirty feet.

Let’s repeat that for emphasis:

My theory is that for version 1.0 of a product, the maximum allowable distance between the engineers and marketers is thirty feet.

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