By Peter Bolton
Intercourse, medications, rock'n'roll...we're conversing a couple of hedonistic song competition, correct? Nope, now not in line with the narrator of this story. as a substitute, we are speaking approximately an IT division, within the absurd (yet a little epic) tale a few software program venture that used to be doomed to be triumphant. Exposing a few of the extra ridiculous elements of company the USA and the insane characters who hang-out its halls, Blowing the Bridge provides the reader a prying peep behind the scenes, at a number of the extra comical elements of operating with the extra colourful personalities in know-how. Bitterly humorous all through, it additionally painstakingly recounts the fight of a small group made up our minds to navigate a course in the direction of construction anything of excellence, regardless of a mine box of bureaucratic stupidity and the occasional mortar around of tempting prostitutes.
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