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Episode 53: Single Point of Failure

Why do many software projects tend toward so much responsibility falling on a single engineer? We discuss some of the perceptions around feeling like someone else would be better suited to a task than we are, why developers might defer decision-making to others, and how a series of small breakdowns can lead to a siloed, burned-out lead developer.

Our discussion ultimately leads to a review of a project lifecycle on a healthy team — from design phase, to documentation, to creating clear development processes. Ultimately, the problems that lead to a single point of failure are small, frequent problems over a long period and can only be solved by small, frequent effort every day.

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