I’ve had some frustrations with code ownership recently. I did not have problems where someone broke something in code that they were not responsible for. I’ve found that people tend to be pretty careful about modifying code that they don’t often work with. Instead my problems have always been that someone doesn’t want other people to touch their code. And then you can’t fix even simple things because you have never looked at their code before and then if a small problem is holding you back, you have to wait at least a day for it to get fixed by whoever “owns” that code.
The simple way to solve that would be to say “everyone can modify any code” and I do like that idea a lot. But let’s see what other people say about code ownership. I’m going to use this post to collect my thoughts on code ownership.