Jeff Moden wrote:
I've also literally seen 3 people die because of bad decisions that I warned them about. .
so many points in your post jeff that I resonate with - in 2000 as a developer I spotted a flaw on a railway inspection system that cost many many millions of £££££ (last time I checked it was 400 mill)
the project was so bad that we had to use access and SQL to work around the issues in the COBOL/Oracle mess that was being delivered by our government paid providers.
A train was derailed at Hatfield that killed 4 and injured 70. if my changes had been put in then the track would have been repaired and no-one hurt.
Luckily when the Auditors came sniffing, I had already put in the system (before the accident) and just not told anyone (it was just 2 extra columns - original date, original priority) suddenly the focus was not on IT and app dev, but on the people who said "no" to my suggestion.
I still had to take a bit of time off work for stress, and at 22 years old you have no experience of dealing with the responsibilities of being a DBA where lives are at risk.
Now I work in marketing... the only thing at risk is that we double book the underwear models 🙂