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  • Until recently I worked on a large distributed development project, for about 10 years, composed of different government labs and a large corporation. It is very hard to influence someone to do something right if they work for a different organization and they view you as not quite human since the only interaction they have with you is email or phone. (Hopefully this isn't the case.)

    More than once I've seen folks sign off on tests, but there was no way they could have run the tests since by observation the test suite they were supposed to use was obviously broken for a number of months. There was also no real way of taking them to task over this. Needless to say, I quite like working on smaller projects at the moment.

    Unfortunately, I think the only thing that can be done for stuff like this to have everyone agree on the procedure and then verifying it occurs by automating (i.e. the carrot) and auditing tests (i.e. the stick).