JM&J but I hate the term “Sign Off”.
If you want me to sign off on the software, give me complete control and then I’ll sign off…
I’ll provide data to help make a decision, but I won’t sign off a release/application/system etc.
Its not that I am avoiding any responsibility or culpability for my actions, but I won’t and cannot assume responsibility for all that has come before me.
I apply my skills/talent/deviousness to figuring out if we’ve done what we set out to do and if we’ve managed to stop people from breaking it afterwards. I want to ship the release, but I also want to make sure I know as much as I can about it before it goes out.
I’ll share with you all of that information/knowledge/insight so that I can to help us make an informed decision as to whether or not the release should go ahead.
But. I. Will. NOT! Sign. Off. The. Bloody. Release.