Silicon Valley (Battle between Intellectual people & Invisible bugs )

Outside of the dark, cricket insects are buzzing loudly.  Scattered dogs are barking out of the street. Tube Light is on and its glowing in the room . A little bug was slowly crawling over the man lying on the bed. One thousand bugs followed the 1st  bug and slowly approaching him. Bugs are screaming “Jira Jira.”  There is another loud voice screaming  “Did you update the bug status in jira?”


Santosh had suddenly woken up from the bed. The laptop opened on the table. Slack messages are popping up. He realized that it was his bad dream. Slowly he moved over to the table and closed  laptop. He picked up water bottle from fridge and drank water without having a single drop in it.


Time 10 o’clock in the morning IST. Everyone is rushing to attend  standup meeting. Santosh parked bike in the parking lot and ran to attend Standup-meeting.   While running, Santosh saw Kamalesh and asked “Hey Kamal! Where is the meeting” Kamalesh replied and stared at him and said “ Hey Santosh ! you didn’t see Outlook calendar?  you always asks me when there is any meeting”. Both walked into the 15 mins standup meeting along with other team members.

Everyone was standing in the  room even though chairs are  available. The team is updating  activities, which are completed last day and also updating the on-going tasks. The manager listens to the updates and asked,” did you guys update the bug status in Jira? “.

Santosh recollected his last nightmare about bugs and Jira status. 15 minute planned stand-up meeting went extended like a TV serial. An hour later, manager realized and softly said “Give us  rest of the updates at 12 o clock meeting,”  and went to  cafeteria for having machine made coffee.

Keyboards are making some noise across the floor.  Santosh finally started writing Java code and put his headphones on. Slack messages were popping up from Team lead Siddu   “Hey guys  Code Review Meeting is there right now, be Prepared and come for the meeting.”  All Developers stopped current work and rushed to the informal and unplanned meeting conducted by Team lead Siddu.

The code review meeting is going on. The Code Review team concluded that none of the developers were followed coding standards and also not done unit testing. “We can not complete this project next 50 years unless we address all these bugs, and testers always find faults ,” said Dharma, a senior developer who joined recently and always he refers his previous company’s coding standards and best practices. Developers kept quiet and listening to the lead .

Time 12:15 PM IST.  Code Review team members joined 10 minutes late for the 12 pm meeting. The manager also joined late from his previous session. Manager kicked off the 12 pm meeting at 12: 15. Discussion started on Code Reviews, testing bugs and so on for two hours. Then manager realized and said, “Oh it is 2:15 pm, guys we all grab lunch quickly and discuss again “. Finally, the meeting ended after 2 hours.

Everyone from the team went to Cafeteria and grabbed lunch and had some chit chats. After lunch developers and testers get together for a meeting.

Testing Lead Thaman started the speech . “Developers are just changing the bug status in Jira as “Fixed,“ but not fixing the issues”. The developer team lead replied “ No your test scripts are not accurate, Please correct them first” and then blame developers”.  Both started fighting without weapons, finally meeting took two hours to discuss on the bugs and finally ended up meeting at 4 pm.

Santosh turned the headphones on again and fixing the code review bugs. ******************* ********

Time 6 am PST. Slack messages are popping up on the mobile.  Vikas woke up suddenly from the bed. He wants to check his whats app messages, but slack messages are pushed back the WhatsApp messages. Vikas opened the slack messages and felt uneasy and sighs. “Offshore guys are always like this only”  he checked the outlook calendar and realized there is a standup meeting at 9 am. Immediately he rushed to the bathroom for getting ready. Then he picked the honey bunches of oats and mixed with 2% reduced fat milk and decided that coffee will have at the office.

He took the car key and shocked to see there is limited gas in the car, and started driving to the office with an almost empty gas.

Time 9 am PST.

The offshore and on-site groups started the discussion in the stand-up meeting. The project manager is screaming and saying “Project Release is in another three weeks, so we need to fix all development issues and followed by regression testing. Will you guys make it on time”. Few people replied “Yes,” someone is not agreed with the other team members about the go-live date. The discussion is going on… Finally, the project manager left the meeting and pulled chairs to the room and declared “ there is no standup meeting from now onwards” we will sit and discuss.” Other team members sat on the available chairs, and some team members pulled the chairs outside of the room.

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After two weeks, finally, developers had fixed the bugs. Status in the Jira is shining with green. UAT started by users are found no critical bugs. So they concluded and loudly said, “GO GO GO” for the Production move. Top Management is very happy because the big project will be live in a few more days. Developers and tests are thoroughly tired of fixing bugs and regression testings.

The d-day (deployment day) has come.  The project manager had arranged Pizzas and sandwiches for the team to make them secure. The code is being moved into production. Deployment process watches by few other country stakeholders are exciting. All the code has been moved into production without having any bugs. Everyone is in celebration mode, as if  scientists celebrate after the successful launch of the rockets.

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Developers are  tensed and thinking about the post production bugs… “how many weekends we need to miss again post production…”…

Days are going on….Years are moving on… Developers are writing the code and fixing the bugs….Testers are finding more bugs and updating Jira…..Standup meetings are transformed into Sit-down meetings. However, War is going on to tackle the bugs…

Intellectual team in the silicon valley  always fights with the Invisible bugs to make a bug free product.

***************************************************** ************************** Prasad Oruganti (a tiny Silicon piece in Silicon Valley)


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