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A user, following obviously incorrect documentation, uses a piece of hardware incorrectly, which triggers a software bug and causes an expensive hardware failure. Who's at fault?

Survey period: 29 Aug 2022 to 5 Sep 2022

OptionVotes% 
The user184.28
The documentation writer for writing incorrect instructions5713.54
The software developer for writing bad code255.94
The hardware manufacturer for making hardware that isn't resilient to, or catches, bad code317.36
The hardware/software integration and system tester for missing the multiple issues4811.40
All of the above20047.51
None of the above. It was an accident194.51
Something else (please comment)235.46



 
GeneralThe sound of one hand clapping Pin
Marc Clifton29-Aug-22 9:26
mvaMarc Clifton29-Aug-22 9:26 
GeneralThe software is at fault. Pin
Gerry Schmitz29-Aug-22 8:58
mveGerry Schmitz29-Aug-22 8:58 
GeneralRe: The software is at fault. Pin
Daniel Pfeffer29-Aug-22 22:53
professionalDaniel Pfeffer29-Aug-22 22:53 
GeneralRe: The software is at fault. Pin
Member 1330167930-Aug-22 20:57
Member 1330167930-Aug-22 20:57 
GeneralAll are at fault, but lawyers will be the big winners Pin
Fred Kreppert29-Aug-22 7:59
Fred Kreppert29-Aug-22 7:59 
General"Fault" is the wrong word Pin
Mark Copenhaver29-Aug-22 7:43
Mark Copenhaver29-Aug-22 7:43 
GeneralRe: "Fault" is the wrong word Pin
Cpichols30-Aug-22 2:12
Cpichols30-Aug-22 2:12 
GeneralThe Programmer / Product Owner Pin
megaadam29-Aug-22 5:51
professionalmegaadam29-Aug-22 5:51 
I checked "The Developer" since it should be very very difficult to cause big elephant-ups by mere clumsiness in any software. Like: "if you double click the red icon during the process the server park will be taken offline".

So it is bad programming but ...
in any decent development organisation such matters are up to the product owner or some other organisational function...
"If we don't change direction, we'll end up where we're going"

GeneralNot the User Pin
ronlease29-Aug-22 5:48
professionalronlease29-Aug-22 5:48 
GeneralRe: Not the User Pin
Doug Domeny29-Aug-22 7:46
professionalDoug Domeny29-Aug-22 7:46 
GeneralFor me as a software developer, "The documentation writer" is the safest alternative ... Pin
trønderen29-Aug-22 3:46
trønderen29-Aug-22 3:46 
GeneralRe: For me as a software developer, "The documentation writer" is the safest alternative ... Pin
Cpichols30-Aug-22 2:14
Cpichols30-Aug-22 2:14 
GeneralRe: For me as a software developer, "The documentation writer" is the safest alternative ... Pin
trønderen1-Sep-22 5:57
trønderen1-Sep-22 5:57 
GeneralThe user is innocent! PinPopular
OriginalGriff29-Aug-22 3:02
mveOriginalGriff29-Aug-22 3:02 
GeneralRe: The user is innocent! Pin
jeron129-Aug-22 4:28
jeron129-Aug-22 4:28 
GeneralRe: The user is innocent! Pin
Doug Domeny29-Aug-22 7:49
professionalDoug Domeny29-Aug-22 7:49 
GeneralRe: The user is innocent! Pin
Fabio Franco30-Aug-22 2:14
professionalFabio Franco30-Aug-22 2:14 
GeneralRe: The user is innocent! Pin
matblue2530-Aug-22 7:29
professionalmatblue2530-Aug-22 7:29 
GeneralRe: The user is innocent! Pin
Chris Maunder31-Aug-22 8:47
cofounderChris Maunder31-Aug-22 8:47 
GeneralAttributing blame isn't beneficial Pin
Lorenzo Bertolino28-Aug-22 22:28
professionalLorenzo Bertolino28-Aug-22 22:28 
GeneralRe: Attributing blame isn't beneficial Pin
Doug Domeny29-Aug-22 7:44
professionalDoug Domeny29-Aug-22 7:44 
GeneralRe: Attributing blame isn't beneficial Pin
Lorenzo Bertolino29-Aug-22 20:09
professionalLorenzo Bertolino29-Aug-22 20:09 
GeneralRe: Attributing blame isn't beneficial Pin
Fabio Franco30-Aug-22 2:18
professionalFabio Franco30-Aug-22 2:18 
GeneralAll above but the user PinPopular
Nelek28-Aug-22 22:13
protectorNelek28-Aug-22 22:13 
GeneralRe: All above but the user Pin
jeron129-Aug-22 4:29
jeron129-Aug-22 4:29 

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