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Re: Re: Re: Maxims for Programmers

by Dog and Pony (Priest)
on May 18, 2002 at 20:17 UTC ( #167552=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Re: Maxims for Programmers
in thread Maxims for Programmers

I could go on bitching about the cult of Microsoft Project for pages, but I'm sure we've all been there.
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Re: MS Project
by gnubbs (Beadle) on May 20, 2002 at 00:33 UTC

    I knew that as soon as my boss asked me to install Project it was time to leave. It is kind of funny, he was actually a reall good manager for a really long time. He would give me a project, ask for my input, and then get out of the way so that I could get it done. I would occasionally have to report back how things were going so he could keep his boss happy, but nothing formal.

    Then, the Company started some sort of managers training program where they took all of our managers for one day a week for a couple of months and programmed them to play the part of textbook good manager. Pretty early on, I could see the changes. First, it was a written weekly report. Then it was keeping a ToDo list in Outlook and giving him access to it. Finally, the last straw. He asked me to prepare MS Project crap for each of the projects I was working on.

    I went on vacation, thought it over, decided that I would rather be unemployed and living somewhere nice than to be micromanaged. So, the day I got back from vacation I quit. I am moving someplace where I can worry about mountain climbing instead of whether I got all of the tasks in place on my latest Gaant chart. Maybe I will find another job with a better manager againa. Maybe I wont and will just have to work as a park ranger. Might be solar panel, 486 laptop, Programming Perl, and a 30 mile hike to the nearest road for me.

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