Archive for December, 2017

Friday Flora & Fauna

Image seen last night at the Animals In Art exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.

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A Few Good Things

There are a few things about the company I’m under contract with that I like. There is free tea, coffee, and hot chocolate, along with filtered water. The people I’ve met in other departments are friendly and engaging. There are many women in key positions. And there a quite a few blind employees. Previously, I’ve only worked with one blind person. At this firm, I’ve encountered at least eight blind employees. Oddly, all of them have been men.

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Religious Icons

Being raised Catholic, and attending Catholic schools for twelve years, meant I was exposed to many religious images and icons in my youth. The schools usually had a least one statue of Mary and a multitude of Jesus statues and images. Joseph was seldom seen unless a nativity scene was erected during the holiday season. I came across this image the other day. It’s unlike any I’ve ever seen. What were they thinking?

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Commons Park Cranes

Three cranes towering over construction projects by Commons Park on the western edge of downtown.

E6D02F66-9E20-48D8-9763-8E670859FA2B.jpegConfluence Park is in the foreground (where Cherry Creek meets the South Platte River).

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Pack Your Station

Paddy has been accused of sexual harassment. His accuser is a woman. She took offense to comments Paddy made while having lunch with her and another woman. Paddy referred the matter to his lawyer. He tends to her locks in exchange for legal advice and services. The lawyer assured Paddy the woman doesn’t have a case. The salon owner asked Paddy to leave the salon. Drama, drama, drama, drama and more drama. There’s always drama in Paddy’s life.

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Screw The Customer

It has become apparent my client is more concerned with meeting deadlines than providing a quality product to customers. At times, software defects are deemed unimportant or insignificant in order to publish a new software release on time. Defects impacting the customer experience are pushed to a future release in order to meet a deadline. I’m guessing the compensation structure is based on meeting project milestones, and not, the number of problems that are a resolved or new features introduced. It’s discouraging to know that a consistent or quality customer experience is not important.

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Missing A Deadline

Last week, a new project was given to my team. My manager issued an edict directing the team to finish the project by December 4th. My manager never bothered to brief the team on the project requirements. It was discovered that key data is missing to complete the project. The team responsible for obtaining the data has a response time of two weeks. Today is December 4th. The deadline will be missed, which, will jeopardize a planned launch on December 11th.

I like my manager. She’s a really nice person. She’s just not an effective manager and lacks organizational skills. Rumors are circulating about a consultant replacing my manager, who, in turn, will be moved into a team leader position. That may be best for all parties involved.

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