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One thought on “Fireside Stories #14: That time I got in trouble for critiquing code I did not write.”
I think, for the tech lead, the informal code review was not only about code quality. When she overheard some blokes discussing work for which she was responsible, it was also about her professional standing and future career prospects. As employees compete in organizations, anybody’s criticism of anybody’s work is implicitly also about careers. As Neil’s story shows, threatening someone’s career is no small thing, and it is likely to draw a strong reaction.