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Great write-up. If your software team has a single point of failure, a linchpin developer that holds everything together, then your team is defective. Regardless of the attributes of this developer, management has failed in letting it come so far.

I have quit jobs for far less severe cases of this. Feeling like you can’t take time off and that the project will fail if you do not save it, is not healthy. If you find yourself in that situation, you need to seriously consider why your team is broken, and if its not your fault, quit. Find a job where you have colleagues that you can rely on to shoulder their part of the work.

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