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> as a programmer, you are a part of tightly controlled agile/SCRUM team

I see. I'm currently in a research lab, and programming is my main day-to-day activity. I have a high degree of autonomy, but have recently considered moving to a product division so I can work on something that actually gets shipped. But it doesn't sound so great, as you describe it. Maybe it's a case of the grass always looking greener on the other side.

Millions of programmers work on stuff that gets shipped and I'd say their job satisfaction isn't very high on average. Shipping is overrated; the culture of shipping as a cool thing is cultivated by company owners who want people to think that they enjoy realising company goals.

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