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I have seen my future

While spending today reading on Agile (so I can say whether we're actually implementing it or just "cherry picking" - one guess what my conclusion is!), I found the website of this woman, who's apparently quite a big thing in the Agility QA world. Look at those pictures! Isn't this clear that it's where my life is going? Now all I need to do is starting writing papers and getting published and going to conferences and stuff. How do I do that, and how do I turn it into a career? It sounds like fun!

In other work related news, I found out the bullying I thought was limited to the CTO goes all the way to the CEO. Not happy with our 33% year on year growth? how about we fire a few people and publicly humiliate others and tell the rest of them they're a bunch of lazy underperformers?


Three more months, folks, all I need is three more months.


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Jun. 11th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
If you do become an Agile guru, I hope you can design a better website. That donkey took two minutes to image.
Jun. 11th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
But that site's perfect! It passed all the unit tests no-one bothered to create and perfectly fit the functional spec that no-one wrote! Now *that*'s agile! Anyone who complains about end-user testing is just a crypto-waterfall apologist!

Erm yeah, sorry. Seen too many people recently using agile as an excuse rather than a methodology, and I know it works *really well* when you actually pay attention to it...
Jun. 12th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC)
Are you calling me an apologist?
Thanks for a good laugh. :-)
Jun. 11th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
Uch. Corporate politics and crappy morale. I so feel for you. I've been following your adventures with this "Agile" stuff and wondering if it's worth all the trouble (and ego) so much of the company is taking to implement it. I hope you come out of the day fairly unscathed.
Jun. 12th, 2007 07:25 am (UTC)
If I wind up with two poodles and a donkey cart, it will all have been worth it.
Jun. 11th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
Gah! I can't believe that someone who claims to be technical in any sort of way created a web page using 3-megapixel images scaled to 100K pixels by height/width parameters. I don't care if it's a personal page and not a professional one -- that really kills the credibility, there.
Jun. 12th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
That's sweet. She still has a working donkey cart, though.
Jun. 12th, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC)
It's the hot theory by that famous US management consultancy - fire the lowest-performing 10% of your workforce each year to keep the rest on their toes. No idea how it's even supposed to work given costs of recruitment. Conflux was getting headhunted by a company spun off from his old one, and was really tempted to join until he found out they used that plan. We ended up at a Cambridge compsci networking event with the CEO where Conflux told him exactly what he thought of that policy and how he wouldn't work for them as long as they had it...
Jun. 12th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
I think it's really just a cost-cutting measure.

That "pruning" thing, it was done once at Expedia, and it led to such a profound lowering of morale that they never did it again. To top it off, the people we hired to replace those people were, for my team, worse in a truly damaging way. It was a real disaster. (What was that called? I can't remember and now it's irritating me.)

I wish I could have heard him giving the CEO a piece of his mind!
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