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InfoQ Homepage Presentations Rails in the Large: How Agility Allows Us to Build One Of the World's Biggest Rails Apps

Rails in the Large: How Agility Allows Us to Build One Of the World's Biggest Rails Apps

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Neal Ford is Software Architect and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. He is the designer/developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, courseware, video/DVD presentations, and author and/or editor of 5 books.

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Mar 12, 2010

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    The fun stuff sucked. Also the "No emails" while working really sucked as well. An employer should not control that. Its the motivation of the employee.

  • Re: TW sucks

    by Russell Leggett /

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    Are you speaking as somebody who worked on this project?

  • Re: TW sucks

    by Christopher Churchill /

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    No

  • Comfortable workspace?

    by Hermann Schmidt /

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    Very inspiring talk - in the technical domain.

    However, with all respect, the workspace in this project is TERRIBLE! 40 people crammed into a room, each with less than 1 meter distance to his neighbour. Background music you cannot escape from, like in a supermarket? The blinds are down and the artificial light is on! Why? Apparently because the projections would otherwise not be readable.

    You can't be serious.

    The submarine comparison is quite valid. But what is so terrific about working in a sub? It is one of the worst places to be that I can imagine.

    It is no surprise to me that Neil emphasized "fun stuff" so often, because the fun is not apparent at all, at least for me. I can't be fun working in a chicken farm like this 10 hours a day. The silly Starbucks cup thing looks more like a desperate attempt to me.

    Answer yourself a simple question: can you imagine spending your professional life (yes, that's 30 years and more) in such an environment? I bet you don't!

  • Re: Comfortable workspace?

    by Slobojan Ryan /

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    Hi Christopher,

    Your comment was deleted because it added little to the discussion, and it was in a very negative (non-constructive) tone. Please feel free to find a way to express what you were trying to say again, but in a constructive manner - your previous comment appeared to be a series of potshots with nothing else of benefit, and which was only very loosely related to the discussion in this thread.

    Thanks,

    Ryan Slobojan
    Chief Editor, InfoQ.com

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