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[#] Sat Sep 03 2011 11:36:05 EDT from isoroku @ Uncensored

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Some of you may find this interesting. Here is a link on how we moved to Agile at work recently.

[#] Mon Sep 05 2011 10:23:52 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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I did.  :-)

How many people did you end up training at one time?  Sounds like a large crowd.....

Thanks for sharing, Iso.

[#] Mon Sep 05 2011 22:31:52 EDT from isoroku @ Uncensored

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We had two groups of around 100-150 each.
It has been a good transition.

[#] Tue Sep 06 2011 04:29:58 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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read the article; felt a little like left behind in the woods at the end...

is it going to be finished? or do I need to buy the book? ;-)

[#] Tue Sep 06 2011 19:16:45 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Wow - big groups to train effectively.

[#] Tue Sep 06 2011 19:25:14 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

Subject: How to know when it's time for a vacation:

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Content of an actual conversation with one of my team today:

"Hmm...maybe it would be better to just hook up Eyore with Da Man and Houdini and let Eyore follow up?  Otherwise, you will be accountable for a change to his system that you've only got 2nd hand."

"Good call....see, this is why you're higher on the awesome scale."


<dreams of B&B>

[#] Wed Sep 07 2011 04:03:30 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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[#] Wed Sep 07 2011 21:22:45 EDT from isoroku @ Uncensored

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I thought the training went really well. The teams really bought into doing Agile instead of waterfall.
I also think this has helped raise the quality bar.

[#] Thu Sep 08 2011 08:47:30 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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I need someone to talk me into taking a job opportunity...

The plus side to this opportunity: money, and tons of it. appx 2.2x times my total current household income

The minus side to this opportunity: I'd have to move to another state. total travel is 135 miles to my new home from where I am now.

The job is as an entry-level conductor on the BNSF railway hauling coal, steel, and other commodities out of Wyoming.

I just haven't worked up the balls to fill out an application and tell my current boss the situation...

[#] Thu Sep 08 2011 10:56:31 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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Is it a job you could be happy doing?

Are you willing to move?

Would it cost substantially more to live there?

And when the job offer is in hand, bring it to your boss to see if you can get a counter-offer.

[#] Thu Sep 08 2011 12:31:35 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Thu Sep 08 2011 10:56:31 AM EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

Is it a job you could be happy doing?

Are you willing to move?

Would it cost substantially more to live there?

And when the job offer is in hand, bring it to your boss to see if you can get a counter-offer.

I would love a job like this.

I am willing to move since my wife and I have family at our desitnation.

Cost of living is about on par with where I am now.

And yes, I planned to bring the offer to my current boss to get a counter-offer.

Stephen D King

[#] Thu Sep 08 2011 12:33:31 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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In this case, I say "Amen"!!

[#] Thu Sep 08 2011 14:13:16 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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After doing the math, this is a no-brainer....

During the first year at the railroad, i'll be making 163% of what i'm making right now, per week.

After the first year, once my probationary period and final training are over, i'll be making 265.8% of what i'm making right now, per week.

Unless my current job can give me one hell of an offer, i'll be jumping ship as soon as the other position is available.

[#] Thu Sep 08 2011 14:28:35 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Be very careful about counter-offers. Either asking for one, or accepting one. If you accept a counter-offer and stay, then your boss and coworkers may be left with the impression that the only reason you're staying is for the money, i.e. not really a team member. That can have subtle but lasting consequences for a long term career there.

If you have a better offer somewhere else, and there are no major disadvantages, you may be better off switching jobs than taking a counter-offer.

[#] Fri Sep 09 2011 02:18:45 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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It depends how you present it with the counter offer.

If you say - I'd really love to stay here, but I have this offer, and it's hard to say no to such a substantial salary difference. Can you help make it easier for me to stay?

then it sounds like you really are a team player who wants to stay.

On the other hand, it sounds like you have more reasons to leave anyway.

[#] Fri Sep 09 2011 11:51:58 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Thanks for the advice guys and gals.

I've decided to wait for the position that I want at the new place to open (which should be the next week or so) and give my current place of work notice that I've done so. I don't want a counter-offer because I actually _want_ to move to the new place.

I'll keep you posted.

[#] Fri Sep 09 2011 12:17:11 EDT from Sig @ Uncensored

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Sign I've been writing too many reports: I wrote my wife an e-mail yesterday.
(Good.) With footnotes. (Not so good.) But at least I didn't portion mark them (i.e. label each paragraph with security classification of its content), which I have done before.

[#] Fri Sep 09 2011 12:53:55 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Good luck!

and Sig, yeah, classifying your wife as top secret does have some negative potential....

[#] Fri Sep 09 2011 13:05:33 EDT from Sig @ Uncensored

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Everything we write at work has to be portion-marked, so you end up with things like this:

(U) Good morning,

(U//FOUO) They just put out new reporting guidance on use of capitalization in subject lines, so we need to revise the six drafts in progress; can you get that this morning?

(U) Also, are you going to the barbecue tomorrow?

Etc., etc. It becomes a matter of muscle memory to automatically tag my paragraphs that way.

[#] Fri Sep 09 2011 14:21:37 EDT from Sig @ Uncensored

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I'm writing a 3-hour class on report writing for drill tomorrow. This is the second such block that I have done; the first one got pretty good feedback, so it's more of the same format with a lot of exercises and group discussion, vice just talking at them for two hours (which everyone hates).

It's a little annoying to have to create the material anew, but we can't get most of the audience into the classified environment tomorrow, so we need an unclassified course. Preparation and extensive reading made me realize that the only reason that the training materials are classified is because they use real examples from real reports and intelligence collection. So I take the same instructional materials, condense and rearrange it to suit what I think makes the most sense, and then write all new examples.

Thus we get things like: An Endor-based suspected narcotics trafficker identified only as Wicket contacted suspected smuggler and rebel sympathizer Han Solo in August 2011 to arrange a shipment of cocaine-processing precursor chemicals from Dantooine.""

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