How to Tackle a Project That Seems Impossible

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And so we see the origins of the regulatory state being reenacted...

April 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

About 9 times out of 10, it's actually easier to do it yourself.

April 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBaza

Saying "Tell Jenkins if he doesn't complete and turn in his RJ-17 form by noon on Friday of this week, he will not have a job here the following Monday or any day thereafter" is so simple that I have to be missing a really obvious reason why it would never ever work.

April 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Of course, from MY point of view, all three aren't doing their job.

Mullet Boss needs to start MAKING you do your job of making you make Jenkins do HIS job, not just TELLING you to do your job of making Jenkins do his job.

Otherwise he's just failing to do his job.

Maybe you should let him know what his bosses likely think of him.

April 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterWow

Brian: You mean the first steps towards making selfish, whiny asshats actually pull their weight as part of the team? Ok, I'll agree with that.

April 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNonny

It's the only thing that ever works. You irritate someone so much until they finally have to do their job, just to get you off their backs.

April 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoon

"Boss, what's the part of your job that lets you 'make' me do something?"
"The part where I can fire you?"
"Right. You want me to 'make' Jenkins do his job?"
"That's what I said, isn't it?"
"Then give me the power to hire and fire at will, in writing, and I can."
"Okay, here it is, now go tell Je-"
"You're fired."

April 27, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Thank you, Scott. This gives me new insight in how to deal with some of my more Jenkins-like coworkers when "working with them" on team projects.

April 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChuck

I worked in a factory where they decided to have us track the errors we fixed so they could start solving the problems that caused the errors.
The first week, we filled out our forms enthusiastically, hoping some progress would be made. No changes, and no engineers came to look at the "Most Common Problems", or any action.
By the end of the first month, everybody was estimating.
By the end of the second month, everybody was guesstimating.
By the end of the third month, I was the only one left not just copying the same filled form over even when they were working on different products.
Then they gave us a raging scolding; it seems they had planned from the start to give us three months to learn how to fill the forms out, and looking at the results of the third month, they were abandoning the project.
Never once spoke to us about the errors or the forms, or the idea of grown ups who were all literate (some in several languages) needing three months to learn to fill out a form.

April 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDee

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