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Overly Attached

By Kate Matsudaira

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 62 No. 8, Pages 50-52

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We all know it's good to have a strong sense of ownership toward your work, but what happens when you get too attached?

Recently, I encountered this problem while collaborating with a smart, senior engineer who couldn't make logical decisions if it meant deprecating the system he and his team had worked on for a number of years. Even though the best thing would have been to help another team create the replacement system, they did not want to entertain the idea because it would mean putting an end to something they had invested so much in.


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