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Life in the business world. - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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Life in the business world.
Being an employee sucks.

At least in the software business, where there is no money left, and everyone is trying to do more with less. Our company, at least, is trying to do way too much with less. Our core products are having resources cut to develop new products. In the nearly-7 years I've been here, none of the new products we've developed have turned a profit. Why not concentrate on our core and stay ahead of the competition, not stretch ourselves so thin?

This lack of resources is turning the entire development department into a series of turf wars. You can't help any other group, because you're so busy that you just don't have time, so no one will help you when you need it. Any problem has to be blamed on someone else, because it probably made your schedule slip, and somebody has to be to blame.

I miss the cooperative environment we used to have. And more got done!

Now we're so tied up in 'process' that every task takes twice as long: by the time I write an analysis document, have an analysis meeting, develop a design document, have a design meeting, comply with the Feature Completion Checklist....what ever happened to just writing good code?

Anybody need a developer who just wants to stay in her office and get stuff done? I suppose I could email a status report every Friday too. But no two-hour-long meetings over the placement of one button on a dialog box!

*sigh* Michael says the new corporate paradigm is "If your employees aren't so miserable they don't care anymore if they get fired, they're not working hard enough". For once, he may be right.

Current Mood: cynical cynical
Current Music: 80's radio station.

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alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: January 24th, 2004 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Time to polish off the resume, me thinks. I know IBM is often looking for new people if you don't mind working in Clear Lake. They have a reasonable sized development shop there. Certainly when I worked there the environment was pretty good (we did have a few gripes, but more or less everyone does).

On the process side, dull as it is, being SEI CMM level 3 compliant helped our software quality a hell of a lot. But the process must have a purpose - we actively worked to try and reduce 'busy work' (from writing tools to automate getting the materials for code inspections and getting all the inspection process online and a click away), to questioning whether parts of the process are worthwhile, to NOT HAVING TO DO FRIGGIN' STATUS REPORTS FOR TWO HOURS A WEEK! (When you have to do more than a couple of lines for status once a week, then you're probably being micromanaged)
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