I came across the above article earlier today and I know that examples of the above problems are not just endemic to development process but instead seem to be buried deep into the very psyche of the majority of IT projects today.
I honestly would not been surprised to see of BBC's pop up at some of the meetings and accused the attendees of doing a shabby job and, of course, they would be right.
The classic in the above linked article is the very last email complaining that 'I'd love to write a dev env setup guide, but I just don't have the time!'. Hang, Didn't that email exchange basically list most of the steps needed? If there is time for the email exchange and time to waste someones time in scrabbling around for this information then the setup guide could have been written ages ago!!
We, as IT professionals are constantly subjected to these shabby practicesRogue Traders