During an interview for a programming job, they asked “Can you handle a 5-minute deadline?” They were serious! As publishers, they had a hard 5:00 pm deadline. Customers started calling at 5:01 if they missed it.

If there was a problem, people stopped working until the problem was fixed.

After I was hired, I changed the environment so that people could continue working on other things while I fixed the problem. In addition, I had much longer than 5 minutes unless the problem occurred at 4:55 pm.

My boss told me not to do it, but I am a cat.

Did you get the job? I missed it if you did.

William “Bill” Myers, Analyzes all, Programmer, retired. If you learn anything new, find enjoyment, have a new thought, then I’m successful. Photo: 1st article

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