Failure, redefined

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Programmer pilot fish is hired by this organization because he can write a mix of C and scripting languages to pull information from databases and generate web pages — pretty straightforward stuff.

But that’s not what he finds when he starts work. “The new job I was hired for used a big vendor’s interfaces and coding tools,” fish says. “It was a major enterprise-wide conversion, and the vendor consulting staff was essentially learning to do their jobs as we did ours — and at our expense.

“Their applications were that new and untested. Nothing worked and the vendor’s consultants couldn’t seem to

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