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Posted Tuesday, February 17, 2009 10:28 PM


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Posted Tuesday, February 17, 2009 10:42 PM


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... and if you can't trust them, you probably hired the wrong person and should spend more time on personnel evals and the firing process than approving travel for someone that you do trust.

Nice article, Steve. I went through this with my previous company... they actually wanted me and some of the Developers to start taking help desk calls even though we were on all night death marches because of some really bad scheduling and man-power planning. Great use of company resources...


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Coincidentally we had something similar yesterday - we have a desk re-arrange and move planned to make space for works and the debate on when to do it ended up as "Which is more costly to the company, ten developers for half a day in the week or two handymen on a Saturday morning?"

The result was that most developers and their desks will stay where they are, as the actual gain was found to be four inches :)
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Posted Wednesday, February 18, 2009 4:43 AM
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...taling of getting the person with the right skills doing appropriate tasks, I really thing that someone with a better grasp of the grammar of the English language should be writing these front page articles. There are simply too may errors!
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This ties nicely back to the Trust editorial.

That said, back in the late 90s I went for an interview with a small privately held children's products company. I toured the facility, I interviewed with their resident expert. I answered their weed questions. I finished their "test" before the guy could walk away. Everything seemed to go swimmingly. I was offered the job.
Before I "got into computers", my first career path was law enforcement. As I toured the location I became aware of the elaborate surveillance system. The desks were old, circa 1950-60's desks, all arranged in a rigid grid pattern. Above each desk was a small quasi-covert camera. All of these cameras fed into a bank of monitors that were at the desks of the husband and wife CEOs. The CEOs had their desks at either end of the glass walled conference room, which was dead center in this space. The CEOs also had their phone system set up so they could eavesdrop on any phone call.

I told them flatly that I understood their paranoia, but that I couldn't work in such an environment.
Last time I checked, they're still in business, but they haven't grown as a company.


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...taling of getting the person with the right skills doing appropriate tasks, I really thing that someone with a better grasp of the grammar of the English language should be writing these front page articles. There are simply too may errors!


I sincerely hope this was satire.


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I'm afraid that it wasn't!
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nicholas.catley (2/18/2009)
I'm afraid that it wasn't!


It's usually a good idea when criticising someone else's spelling or grammar to ensure that you make no such mistakes in your criticism. ;)



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thanks...:D But you kind of miss my point. The article was about people with appropriate skills doing appropriate tasks. As a person commenting on a forum, adequate comprehensibility is quite sufficient.

When submitting an article to a wide readserhip, a high standard is appropriate.

No offense meant or taken!
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I don't disagree about it not being the best use of the CEO's time. It's natural to want to keep an on expenses, because no one will care as much about cash flow as you do - but that's why you create budgets, to give them fences and freedom within those fences. Delegating - all I can say is that it's one of those words that is easy to say, not say easy to do!

And I don't really disagree about doing the stuff that is appropriate to your ability/salary, but too often I see that turn into dogma that hurts the company/team. For example, years ago we were setting up a satellite office and we needed everyone from IT to contribute to the effort - essentially do manual labor. Why? They had enough technical expertise to set up the machines, run the cables, etc. We paid movers to do the lifting, but IT unboxed and plugged and tested. Is that the best use of a programmers time? You can easily argue that it's not, but they were a sunk cost (and sometimes that's a big deciding factor) and it gave them some ownership in the project, which is intangible but valuable.

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