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  • Alice the programmer creates a system that implements the spec handed to her by her boss. Because she didn't understand one of the lines of the spec, her software deletes cancelled products rather than marking them as "discontinued."

    This is, to me, at least partially Alice's fault. If the spec is even the least bit unclear then the programmer has a duty to seek clarification. A good way of doing this is for the programmers to take the customer's spec and write their own more detailed version, and get t

    • Again, while it may not be the manager's fault, it's certainly the manager's responsibility. If issues like this happen once or twice, no big deal. If they happen repeatedly, the manager has to deal with this. Any manager who just points to others whose work he or she has control of doesn't understand the term "manager." When I first started managing, about 15 years ago, I almost got fired for this. After a while, I realized that I had to assume that responsibility lest their be no accountability. Of course, sometimes managers are given responsibility without commensurate authority and this is just as distastrous, but that just means that management higher up the chain is at fault.