In the software industry, especially the startup world, Crunch Mode is a ubiquitous, unhealthy antipattern. Crunch Mode refers to periods of overtime work brought on by the need to meet a project deadline. Developers stereotypically glorify the ability and propensity to stay up all night grinding through a difficult problem. It’s part of our folklore. It’s part of how we’re measured. It’s something companies and leaders take advantage of in order to accomplish more with less. And it’s stupid.
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