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[#] Fri Jul 28 2017 14:39:51 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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2017-07-27 21:07 from IGnatius T Foobar @uncnsrd
I look at it from the opposite direction. The fact that two senior
people had to pay any amount of attention to this issue means someone

did something wrong and it cost the company money.

Given their support these days, that's not what's costing them money.

[#] Fri Sep 01 2017 11:06:23 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Currently working on a project that involves doing things in Dallas, organized with the help of a scrum-master whose last name is Lovelace.


[#] Fri Nov 17 2017 17:02:40 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Today I was asked by a project manager what the word "greenfield" means.

I'm not sure I have a lot of confidence in the project now. :(

[#] Fri Nov 17 2017 17:04:32 EST from Ladyhawke

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If it makes you feel better, I had to explain to the PM I was just assigned for my offering the difference between a project plan, a milestone plan and....wait for it....*minutes*

[#] Sat Nov 18 2017 18:23:41 EST from fleeb

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Minutes, like, recording a meeting, or a unit of time?

(Not that it matters either way).

[#] Mon Nov 20 2017 14:43:56 EST from Ladyhawke

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Like notes from a meeting.  <shakes head>  

Realize that likely I have much more PM expertise than she with my 20+ years, but still....I really think that PM 101 should be within expertise if you're hiring someone as a full fledged project manager.  

One of the other PMs from this same group was completely confused when I asked him how many hours have been expended on one of his projects.  He actually told me he only tracks his own hours, so he doesn't know.  :-/

[#] Tue Nov 21 2017 05:47:55 EST from fleeb

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This industry... WTF is happening to it?

[#] Tue Nov 21 2017 13:06:21 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Every industry. Companies don't really invest in employees. Employees move from job to job bringing whatever experience they got from their last gig.
We certainly see that in IT - lots of resume enhancement projects.

[#] Wed Nov 22 2017 10:13:08 EST from fleeb

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We have an intern who is finishing his masters in cyber security.

He's looking for proper work, and while HR dittoheads appear desparate to find cyber security employees, they only want them if they have 5+ years experience.

There aren't many people with 5+ years experience in that field. Certainly not at the volume people are trying to hire.

So, rather than just finding one person and training up the rest, they'll go for five years waiting on someone with 5+ years experience.

Since this is standard industry practice, the people who would have gained 5+ years experience if they'd been hired won't get that experience.

Because, it would seem, HR employees are mentally dimunitive dunderheads lacking the capacity to perform basic arithmetic.

[#] Mon Dec 11 2017 16:50:31 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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PM: "Can you send me <document> so I can include it in our meeting notes?"

Me: "Just link to <link> so we don't have a version floating around that'll quickly get out of date."

PM: "Oh, good idea. Thanks!"

<< PM then downloads the document from <link> and attaches it to the meeting notes >>


This PM is a dunderhead, but is at least a very *nice* dunderhead...

[#] Tue Dec 12 2017 09:47:14 EST from wizard of aahz

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Actually - I tend to suggest doing both.. One with a note that says - Here's the state of the document at the time of the meeting.. And btw - click HERE!! to see the live and updated version.

Sometimes it's useful to have the version available from that moment in time to understand why decisions were made.

[#] Tue Dec 12 2017 10:25:32 EST from wizard of aahz

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OH GODS.. Clients.. These people are incapable of doing this..


[#] Tue Dec 12 2017 11:45:20 EST from fleeb

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"The customer is always right."


[#] Tue Dec 12 2017 12:39:56 EST from wizard of aahz

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No they are not. But we have to find better ways of informing them of the fact.

[#] Tue Dec 12 2017 16:18:10 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Someone once told me that in a service business, the customer is *not* always right ... but the customer *is* always in charge ... and it's our job to help them *be* right.

[#] Tue Dec 12 2017 22:49:46 EST from wizard of aahz

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Perhaps.. But there are a couple of customers who pushed me to limits today.

[#] Wed Dec 13 2017 13:27:04 EST from fleeb

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And now it's another day.

[#] Wed Dec 13 2017 15:04:04 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold

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The customer is always right until they're wrong.

[#] Thu Dec 14 2017 11:55:10 EST from fleeb

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Or they're left. As in, the only one left.

[#] Mon Dec 18 2017 15:01:25 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Seen in email this morning... this is not verbatim, but my sarcastic version.

"Beginning tomorrow, we will be enforcing automatic account lockout after five password failures within a 30 minute period.  If your account is locked out, you will be automatically notified by email, but you won't be able to read that notification because your email is locked out.  You can reset your password using this handy internal web site, which you won't be able to reach because your VPN is also locked out.  You could try calling the help desk, but your phone will probably be locked out too.   Maybe you could drive to the nearest office to access that internal web site, but you won't be able to log in to the wifi or log into a local workstation without a working password."

"In short, if you turn on some old device that has your old password cached on it, you'll lose access to the corporate network faster than if we fired you."

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