And problems are numerous. For instance, one branch of the program crashes if the researchers enter one set of information. Another part crashes if too much text is put into a box. The programmers have also left numeric entry boxes lacking precisely defined ranges, which should never happen in a professional environment.
There are even more problems with the logic; as coded, the system takes certain sets of data, but triggers the wrong follow-up questions. The aforementioned lack of range checks is a relatively minor issue, but the programmers' mistakes could result in bad data gathering and, thus, harm the research findings.
So far, we don't see any relief from this poorly managed situation coming our way and instead hunker down to survive as best we can. Maybe one day we'll get managers who are realistic about the problems that are hindering the business and raise us out of this hell. One can always hope, I guess.
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