The Crazy Times of Year

  • Steve Jones - SSC Editor

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  • skeleton567


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    About midway through my career I took a position as manager for a new start-up IT organization in an old well-established family wholesale distribution company with about 25 mobile sales people.  They had been in business for years, but had zero computer experience.  As soon as we had developed enough of our first system which was interactive order entry and billing, we started operating 24 hours a day from Sunday evening thru Friday evening.  I had five crt terminal operators and no programmers or technical support at all except a couple periodic contract developers.  Also had to deal with a consultant who 'advised'.  He even tried to get me fired a couple times.  I was responsible for staffing around the clock with union employees who got the new jobs due to seniority and worked in seniority order and not in schedule or skill priority.  There were constant issues with who got overtime hours and who got called in first when help was needed, day or night.  I was also on-call for technical support 24-6 also, with the extra day mine for development and testing on the single-task hardware.

    This shop printed order picking documents for loading 15 or more truckloads of goods daily in a large warehouse, then after loading was done printed invoices for drivers to take because many orders were cash deliveries.  When we began with our first IBM system, there was no multitasking, so my operators would key some orders, then shut down and print pick lists, then make adjustments to orders for out-of-stock and substitution items, then shut down again and print invoices so the trucks could leave starting around 4:30 or 5:00 AM.

    Yes, there were crazy times of the years - every day.  I did this for eleven years, at which time I was given a new manager who did fire me.  Two good things came from this position.  First, I walked away with the first 52k in my company-paid IRA, and second I learned that I would NEVER be a manager again.  This lead to another 31 years mainly as a DBA and SQL developer.

    The only other really bad experience was a boss who came to me while I was working on a tough problem and told me it was really simple and shouldn't take so long.  I told him if it was so simple he should do it himself.  That got me an interview with the company president and his sons.



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  • crow1969


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    Around here, the crazy season starts about January 1, but it lets up on December 31.

    Off to another meeting to tell the finance guys they should not have permissions to drop tables in production...

  • Rod at work


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    Like most people the end of the fiscal year is always very busy. It's been that way for me no matter where I work, public sector or private sector.

    I now work for a state government agency. I've noticed two times a year when things slow way down. In November its slow. In January and sometimes February, it's also slow, due to the state legislature being in session. There are political reasons for this.

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  • Steve Jones - SSC Editor

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    crow1969 wrote:

    Around here, the crazy season starts about January 1, but it lets up on December 31.

    Off to another meeting to tell the finance guys they should not have permissions to drop tables in production...


    Just in time to celebrate the ball drop? 😉

  • MVDBA (Mike Vessey)


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    We do a lot of work in marketing for other companies, most have different seasonal requirements.

    I'm told that we make every "poppy" for rememberance day in the UK, so october and November is a no-go for releases and we spend 24x7 making sure our systems are up and running (we support the call center too)

    Christmas is Evil for us.. every company we print or do electronic signs for want triple the amount of materials (think starbucks, gift shops and mcdonalds wanting new things every week.)

    January has marketing for new year sales

    valentines day -every restaurant and card maker flood our systems

    easter (don't talk to me about chocolate)

    even in the summer the big travel agencies are using us to put up TV adds and tracking feedback + the big pharmacy in the UK wants to see new adverts for suntan lotions

    the only quiet period we get is halloween

    i'm surprised we can ever release fixes 🙂



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