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Posted Wednesday, December 14, 2011 12:02 AM


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I've always taken the view that 'bosses' don't actually need to know what I'm up to and generally might want to trust me. Thus, I don't ask to take time to research but just do it - as long as the rest of my work is done it doesn't matter. Maybe others have more pressure or I am just able to get things done quickly but I can almost always find an hour or two a day to follow interesting lines of development. I guess it doesn't hurt that mostly such work will get fed back in fairly quickly.
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Posted Wednesday, December 14, 2011 3:44 AM


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I'm in a similar position, I do everything that is required of me but ensure that I always have an 'under the radar' project in which I develop something to make a number of users' lives easier or I work on improving something in my area, which since we're predominantly open source and change-resistant means that there's a lot to improve

It's not that my bosses aren't supportive- if I want time to train they'll give it to me without so much as a blink, but I like to have a few things on the go and having some things in the back of my mind that I can pick up when I have a few moments or when I need to take a break (a change is as good as a break afterall!) Plus it really helps with that 'going the extra mile' bit of the PDR for bonuses
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Posted Wednesday, December 14, 2011 7:38 AM


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As a datamart developer and data anayst, I often times work directly with end users, who are managers and department heads. Therefore, if I think of a bright idea, I'll bounce it off them first. If it's something they find useful, then they'll formally request it. It's a lot easier to propose something when one already got interested stake holders backing it up.
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Posted Wednesday, December 14, 2011 7:48 AM


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I've had a number of what i thought of as "developer only tools" that i generated to make my life easier suddenly get promoted into tools the QA or helpdesk people use on a daily basis, and some even deployed to end users/clients to make their lives easier as well.

some wiggle room for back burner projects, as well as allowances for being allowed to work on projects not specifically blessed upon by the higher ups can certainly have a positive impact.


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My workday is planned as 5 productive hours and my boss trusts that I will do something useful in the remaining time. Which is true more often than not.
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Posted Thursday, December 15, 2011 7:06 AM


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I enjoy the occasional opportunity to try something new. Research, build, test, modify - I often learn a lot through the process. The bonus is that though it can be frustrating sometimes - it is fun.



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This all depends on what "mode" your company is in on a daily basis. If they are in what I like to call "fire hose" mode then the boss is much more resistant to their DBA(s) spending time on "other projects" when they are used to walking through your door with "emergencies" all the time. I know CEO's, CIO's, and even owners that run their shops like this on a daily basis and have no interest in changing that. Their classic response to learning new technologies is usually something to the effect of "No problem, but do that on your own time. I need you available while you are at work at a moments notice."

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