“I can sleep when the wind blows.” from Accountability in Software Development

Once, a farmer interviewed a young man for a job as a farm hand. One thing the young man said particularly puzzled the farmer, “I can sleep when the wind blows.” The farmer didn’t know what this meant, but the young man seemed competent and knowledgeable and so he was hired.

A few months later the farmer was awakened in the middle of the night by a thunderous wind storm. Panicked, he raced to the cot where he found the farm hand fast asleep. Shaking him roughly awake, he demanded, “We have to bring in the animals!”

“They are already in.”

“We need to fasten the windows.”

“They are already fastened.”

“We need to tarp the hay.”

“It’s done.”

After going down his list of worries and being reassured that they were already taken care of, the farmer finally realized the meaning of the young man’s puzzling statement. By taking care to finish every job and leave the farm safe every night, the farm hand could sleep when the wind blew.