Our source code repository is currently hosted at the offshore development site and there is no external access to it (neither through the Internet nor a VPN). While this is certainly desirable from a security standpoint, I’d really love to see what the developers are actually working on.
I asked the director there to put me on the mailing list for commits. He replied they didn’t have such a system since all the developers sat in the same room. Plus, the developers weren’t so thrilled about getting a bunch of commit mails in their inbox every day. I immediately thought what about vacation or sick leave? What about a lunch break? Are these guys really together 24/7? And how much work is it to setup a mail filter anyways?
I asked him how long it would take to set up mail notifications and he said he’d look into it. The next day, he told me that it wasn’t so straightforward to implement and what was my real reason for wanting this information anyways? Wait a minute, I thought, I’m flying completely blind here – with no clue what’s being worked on – and they’re not even willing to throw me a bone?