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Having recently escaped from a "control and blame" environment, this is also horrible for releases as left unchecked, more energy is expended trying to double-down on architecting for perfection in fault tolerance. Risk aversion goes through the roof cripples decision making, and before you know it your entire team of developers have become full time maintenance coders, you stop innovating and spend cycles creating imaginary problems for yourself and begin slowly sinking.

We had a guy who more or less appointed himself manager when previous engineering manager decided he couldn't deal with the environment anymore, his insistence on controlling everything resulted in a conscious decision to destroy the engineering wiki and knowledge base and forced everyone to funnel through him-creating a single source of truth. Once his mind was made up on something, he would berate other engineers, other developers and team members to get what he wanted. Features stopped being developed, things began to fail chronically, and because senior leadership weren't made up of tech people-they all deferred to him-and once they decided to officially make him engineering manager (for no reason other than he had been on the team the longest-because people were beginning to wise up and quit the company), the entire engineering department of 12 people except for 2 quit because no one wanted to work for him.

Imagine my schadenfreude after leaving that environment to find out they were forced to close after years of failing to innovate, resulting in the market catching up and passing them. Never in my adult life have I seen a company inflict so many wounds on itself and then be shocked when competitors start plucking customers off like grapes.

For those for whom this excellent description has resonance, I strongly recommend the book, "Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men". [1] It's nominally written about domestic abuse, but its descriptions of abuser psychology and its taxonomy of abuser behaviors have been really helpful to me in a work context.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Why-Does-He-That-Controlling-ebook/dp...

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