From The Bit Bucket:
(A)Musings on Engineering, Supervision, and Management
Francis W. Porretto
(Writing as The Curmudgeon Emeritus)
Copyright (C) 2010 by Francis W. Porretto
Cover art by Donna Casey (http://DigitalDonna.Com)
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A sense of responsibility can compel a man to do terrible things. One of the most terrible of all is to assume responsibility for the deeds and foibles of others.
Many years ago, your Curmudgeon was induced to accept a managerial position in his field of software engineering. Mind you, he hadn't applied for the post, nor had he demonstrated any qualities that ought to have predisposed his own management to prefer him for it. They needed a new front-line manager; your Curmudgeon was the most senior and best-thought-of software engineer around; and no one else in the vicinity was anywhere near being qualified for the post. The answer popped out of the slot in their heads whence all half-baked ideas emerge.