Programmers, designers and the Brooklyn Bridge

No assembly lines. No wireless Internet service or lattes Most work was done with hand or horses. Unlike modern ?death march? projects, 27 people actually died in the course of engineering the Brooklyn bridge.

Modern web developer

Washington Roebling’s team

3 week / month release cycle

14 year release cycle



Coffee, doughnuts and air conditioning

Water and the elements (think muggy NYC summers)

Carpal tunnel syndrome

The bends


27 Deaths

If nothing else, the Brooklyn bridge is a reminder of what difficult projects
are truly like. Sitting at a desk all day arguing through bug triage meetings
might be frustrating, but it‘snothing compared to what these people had to go

Programmers, designers and the Brooklyn Bridge (UI Web)

Via Tomalak.