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Comment author: The_Jaded_One 19 March 2017 11:42:06AM 2 points [-]

We had this problem at work quite a few times. Bosses are reluctant to let me do something which will make things run more smoothly, they want new features instead.

The when things break they're like "What! Why is it broken again?!"

Comment author: Viliam 24 March 2017 10:56:38PM 0 points [-]

But are they personally harmed in some way when the things are broken? At least enough to compensate for the bonuses they get when you add the new features earlier? Maybe in their incentive landscape such behavior is optimal.

Comment author: The_Jaded_One 01 April 2017 09:46:57AM 0 points [-]

I'm not 100% sure what the incentives for such people are, but it is a very small company.

Actually yesterday this came to bite them and we now have a serious problem because my "fix this underlying system" advice was rejected.