How to Collaborate

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Reader Comments (25)

Now I really want to see the angry client's reaction to the report.

May 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

I cannot express how many times this has happened to me during projects. you're usually on point, scott, but this one almost makes me mad how true it is.

May 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteral

OK. That first panel there is puuuuure comedy gold! Excellent comic! Well played, sir.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Been there, done that, tore the T-shirt to shreds . . .

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

-Yellow- ink? Omg, do you mean highlighter?

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Scott, master of the subtle put-down.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

This has actually happened to me, As Scott not as Mullet Boss. Fat tip sharpie also makes for "nice" edits.

hilarious as usual Scott!

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhwuu

Hello. Mullet boss's abuse of Scott seems a little half-hearted today....
also I don't think you do requests but my friend's grandfather just passed away so I was wondering if you could do a BI on how to deal with loss
Anyway I love your comic and keep up the good work!

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

It's like a mirror of my working life!

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDocTarr


June 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjaeddu

I have had this exact experience some years ago when my boss at time sent back the report I had been working on with a sheaf of notes and "corrections". I amended the report and it came back with a load more notes with instructions to remove nearly everything she had instructed me to insert...

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Committing Yak

As a pleb in the academic field I highly approve this comic. Panel 3 in particular gives me horrific flashbacks.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

This is a good one. The first panel was the best in my opinion.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJerden

The third frame is just too painfully true for me, even if it is equally funny. When I was writing my thesis, drafts to/from my advisor seemed to be going back and forth endlessly. To keep things uncluttered, I was not thinking; I would shred a draft as soon as I'd put the corrections in, until some of the 'corrections' started seeming way too familiar. The shredding stopped, and I caught my advisor adding/deleting/readding his own corrections... a lot! When I told him this was happening, he flatly denied it. When I showed him several successive drafts, the endless draft rewrites ended.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermcinsand

printed and slid under my boss' office door

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

Step 1: Don't be Scott's boss. Step 2: Okay, now you can collaborate.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDrake

hilarious. and awesome. AT THE SAME TIME.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterA.Franco

As the client never seems to leave, the quality of the report makes no difference, surely.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKih-Oshk

I have finally caught up. I discovered this website last week and have been reading through the archive with gusto! And Missy's blog too.
I adore you both :D

Keep up the good work! (I'll look into subscribing if I get a job I'm hoping for!)

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPleut

@ JJ : depending on the situation of your loss, recently we got "Technology's Disturbing Philosophical Implications" which relates to immortality and who doesn't get it, and the earliest BI comic in the archive is "How to Avenge Your Brother's Murder". I assume this is hypothetical since Scott's brothers show up in the strip subsequently, talking about their challenging childhood. There's also "How to Express Condolences", ’"how to Videotape your Will", and "How to Resurrect a Dead Character". ...Oh! :-)

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

ilarious. and awesome. AT THE SAME TIME.

June 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdfesjeseys

Robert Carnegie wrote: "-Yellow- ink? Omg, do you mean highlighter?"

Ink is an essential product in the manufacture of highlighters, markers, and pens. When you cease to use a highlighter to highlight text and begin writing instructions, text and sketches, calling it "yellow ink" rather than "yellow highlighter" is more descriptive. I worked with an engineer who liked to use highlighters to mark up revisions on P&ID schematics and wrote field notes with whatever he had handy (pen, pencil, marker, highlighter, grease pencil)... ever try to read scribbled yellow "highlighter" notes on canary yellow legal pads?

June 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChuck

As someone who routinely has to write reports for his boss at work, I've gotta say you 'hit the nail right on the thumb' with this one.

June 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe other W

OK, now I'm really angry. I spent 6 months working for that boss last year. I'd write a damn good document, he would dictate edits over the phone, I'd make them, then he'd want to see it, then he'd criticise HIS edits and blame me, dictate more edits - which were usually off-topic and/or wrong - and so on. Some documents went through over 12 cycles of edits and were 3 weeks late in being delivered. And sometimes he would demand the final copy, change the name to his name and submit it himself.

In the end I told them to stuff the job and walked ... at my wife's insistence as she could no longer handle what the job was doing to my health and confidence.

Managers like that should be killed. Slowly. And their children and siblings sterilised just in case. And their parents imprisoned for life for raising such a damaged individual.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

Is there something wrong with me?
Whenever I see Collaborate I get the lyrics for Valnila Ice's Ice Ice Baby stuck in my head.
"Stop collaborate and listen."
Yes there's something wrong with me.

June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSpatulaodoom
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