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Posted Tuesday, November 22, 2011 9:27 PM
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Posted Tuesday, November 22, 2011 9:47 PM


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Depends on the topic.. If you want to do something monumentally boneheaded in SQL then I'm going with No, VERY difficult..

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Posted Tuesday, November 22, 2011 10:09 PM


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Thank you for bringing this topic to light, if briefly.

You're absolutely right, and it's why I prefer to bring on employees who were contractors in one point in their life. If you can't grok, truly grok, that the business must be able to their jobs better... you're doing it wrong.

Sometimes you need to toss things in front of an end user as quickly as possible. Sometimes you see the long term effects and create a function to 'pass the salt'. You have to understand the long term business user. If you can't, you're going to drive me crazy when I follow you in.

Easy to work with doesn't mean bending over and taking it, however, which I don't believe you illustrated well in your very brief discussion. Easy to work with can mean explaining to the business the hurdles involved in reaching their goal, and helping them understand what the technical challenges will be in vernacular they will grasp. As a brief example, I've gotten half of the projects at my current position shot down after explaining why the difficulty of what they're asking for would take so much time with the tools currently in use.

To your specific point, I've learned to never say 'No' unless it was truly out of reach. I've learned to try to speak business' language in every one of my contracts, and explain the risks and cost. The decision in most cases must be left up to them if a $10/hour assistant is more profitable than what I, or another, can offer.



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Posted Wednesday, November 23, 2011 1:37 AM
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I guess I would have to answer that I'm probably not easy to get on with based on your descriptions and explanations.

However what you said is totally one sided. You seem to be saying that the business people can get away without explaining to you or helping you understand what they want (even when you ask) and that it should be acceptable that they have no responsibility to aid the project you just have to lump it and accept their complaints.
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Posted Wednesday, November 23, 2011 1:55 AM


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Depends on Topic and Interests of indivisual


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... As a brief example, I've gotten half of the projects at my current position shot down after explaining why the difficulty of what they're asking for would take so much time with the tools currently in use.

To your specific point, I've learned to never say 'No' unless it was truly out of reach. I've learned to try to speak business' language in every one of my contracts, and explain the risks and cost. The decision in most cases must be left up to them if a $10/hour assistant is more profitable than what I, or another, can offer.


Agreed. Sometimes, an idea sounds great in theory but is difficult to implement with current technology. Sometimes it is easier to hire somebody to perform a function as they will be a lot more flexible than a technological solution.

Now pass the damned salt.
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Posted Wednesday, November 23, 2011 4:06 AM


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In general, I agree with what you're saying, Andy. The ability to mesh with others in your team is an important part of working as part of a team, and is therefore hugely valuable.

However, let's not forget that there are times when the best person to achieve what the business needs is someone who is definitely not easy to work with. Sometimes it takes someone who plays Devil's Advocate, who challenges, who dictates, who is single-minded, whose convictions are unshakeable. Quite a few of the most effective leaders in history have been exasperating to those working most closely with them.

I mention this not as a mandate to ignore how you affect the rest of your team, but simply to remember that a cohesive and closely-knit team doesn't guarantee it'll be a productive team.


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Posted Wednesday, November 23, 2011 6:23 AM


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I am definitely easy to work with, and anyone who disagrees will be shot!

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Posted Wednesday, November 23, 2011 7:13 AM
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Whenever I hear "perfect is the enemy of good" is usually means, "I like my idea and I don't understand your idea, so do it my way". I have been told "stored procedures are too hard to work with, I like to see the SQL right there in my code". I have been easy to work with and accept it when someone says "we'll deal with that obvious problem later", then later comes and they did nothing and I'm the one who has to deal with the consequences. If I point that out, I'm told I complain too much.

Computers expect logic, if you don't start with that, you're going to have a difficult time working with them. Obviously it's good to be nice and consider the business issues, but when they took off their "engineer" hats and put on their "manager" hats at NASA, we lost a space shuttle. I'm being dramatic, but it is the same, just a difference of scale, when businesses are short sighted and tell you to cut your estimate in half and just get it done with no understanding of the long term cost of that decision.
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Posted Wednesday, November 23, 2011 7:16 AM
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When we are hiring, I look for someone with good hygiene, who will show up & actually get the job done, and that I want around 40 hrs/wk.
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