Years ago, I watched Kent Beck’s talk on finding ease at work. He described death marches and unsustainable pace. He told stories of people having their humanity ignored, resulting in burn out and depression. Though, I was yet to experience life as part of a development team, my college experience allowed me to identify with those stories.
He went on to discuss the pendulum swing between two states of engineering, the highs of being the team hero and the lows of being a failure.