It is difficult for me to concentrate while I’m working without any music. That was one of the primary reasons I liked working alone. I could crank my music up and work as many hours as I needed to get it right. But on a project this big, everyone got alone time until you had a functional prototype and then everyone else that didn’t hit the mark became part of your team. The idea being everyone got a shot to make work and once someone made it work you pooled your resources to make it work better. Fantastic idea in principle but once you throw ego professional courtesy and ethics go out the window.
I was the first to hit the mark so my lab became home to five other engineers and developers, each with their own work styles and need to use some of the same equipment and data I was using. Making it worse you were never quite sure who was sandbagging the project, who was trying to lead you astray. In this business, you’re only as good as your current success. The end goal was a fully, functionally machine. Once we’d achieved that then we’d all be rich and famous.