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.
Currently working on a project that involves doing things in Dallas, organized with the help of a scrum-master whose last name is Lovelace.
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. :(
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*
Minutes, like, recording a meeting, or a unit of time?
(Not that it matters either way).
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. :-/
This industry... WTF is happening to it?
We certainly see that in IT - lots of resume enhancement projects.
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.
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 so we don't have a version floating around that'll quickly get out of date."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...