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A friend emailed me yesterday asking which anti-pattern did I avoid (communications anti-patterns in particular he said, as he knew my first question back to him was architectural, communications or other types of anti-patterns).
I didn’t reply right away. I know the anti-pattern that impacts me the most but I also know why it impacts me the most. So I asked my friend if in fact he was most interested in the anti-pattern or the why of my interaction with that anti-pattern. He said both.
So here is it, the anti-pattern (out of the 29 I have shared so far) is the builder. First because I worked in a company where there were a lot of builders. Really smart people who could take an existing idea or concept and make it real. The problem was and is for me and this particular type of anti-pattern is I tend towards the idea creation side of the fence. I was once told by one of my all-time favorite managers that I should “get the ball rolling and then get out of the way.”
That forced me to work with builders a lot. They make me uncomfortable because they are in control. It isn’t that they poo-poo the ideas of others. That doesn’t really bother me. It’s the being in control part. They can’t let any one part of what they are doing go unmanaged. It’s the micro-management that I cannot function with. I know a lot of people that I’ve tried to be close with over the years that exhibit the building anti-pattern. In the end I cannot remain close to them and end up keeping them at arms distance.
So, to answer your question – the Builder Anti-Pattern.