The new management is kicking a**



  • So here at WTF-Inc, they promoted the WTF leadership into positions deep within the bowels of MegaCorp - where they can do no more harm (at least to us), and replaced them with new managers. A few changes have been made regarding hiring better quality developers, firing of incompetent DBAs, etc. Things were looking up.

    We are presently attempting to grow the business by a factor of 10. This means everything needs to be able to handle an order of magnitude more transactions, data, customer interactions, reports, etc. I ground through our application and optimized everything that showed up in the profiler hot-spot list (I also removed all the sleeps and told the other app teams to fix their damn code as part of this effort); it now runs in 1/4 the time it did before. We set up some tests with SAs and DBAs to monitor stuff below our application (DB, network, I/O switches, SANs, etc). After the tests were run, one SA-in-charge announces that he didn't have the correct monitoring software installed, and so can't really tell us if the results are useful. Joy.

    Yesterday, he announced that it would be three weeks before he could even look at it again as he had other work he needed to do.

    I don't control his priorities, so I had to accept that at face value. However, I still have a deadline, so I bucked it to my boss, who pulled me in with his boss, who pulled us in with the CTO, who pulled all three of us in with the SA's boss+2, who pulled all four of us in with the SA's boss, who called the SA into the room, who said he was too busy to do this work. The top dog explained (what I already had) that growing the business was the top priority and any work pertaining to facilitating that effort should be done first.The SA said he could finish what he was doing in a week or so and then he'd get back to it. The top dog leaned in a little and insisted. The SA said he had his priorities. The top dog said that HIS priorities took precedence, and before he (the SA) chose to open his mouth again, he should strongly consider doing it his (top dog's) way.

    The SA declined, insisting that he had to be able to prioritize his own work.

    The CTO fired him on the spot. Then he told the SA's boss to get someone else on this immediately.

    There is hope for this place yet.

     

     



  • @snoofle said:

    There is hope for this place yet.

    So, you're basically warning us that TDWTF is gonna really suck from now on?



  • @eViLegion said:

    So, you're basically warning us that TDWTF is gonna really suck from now on?
    This forum is awesome - I've only been working at WTF-Inc for a couple of years. If the material that stems therefrom dries up, there's still everyone else who works at their own variant of WTF-Inc.

    ... Bring it - people!



  • @snoofle said:

    The CTO fired him on the spot.
    Without telling him first that he would be fired if he didn't comply? Cause that would be quite a WTF, IMO.



  • @TGV said:

    @snoofle said:

    The CTO fired him on the spot.
    Without telling him first that he would be fired if he didn't comply? Cause that would be quite a WTF, IMO.

    Nah, that would have ruined the surprise.



  • @TGV said:

    @snoofle said:
    The CTO fired him on the spot.
    Without telling him first that he would be fired if he didn't comply? Cause that would be quite a WTF, IMO.

    Top Bosses: "This is your top priority"
    In Need Of Firing: "I'll get around to it in a while"

    TB: "This is top, shelve anything else"

    INOF: "I'll get to it in a week"

     

    Sounds like it was clearly explained.  You are given an order by top guy and you refuse to follow, there is no explaination of the fact that can get you fired needed.



  • @snoofle said:

    The CTO fired him on the spot. Then he told the SA's boss to get someone else on this immediately.

    Betcha it takes the new guy more than a week to get up to speed.

    Even so, you'll likely get a better result next time around.



  • @TGV said:

    @snoofle said:

    The CTO fired him on the spot.
    Without telling him first that he would be fired if he didn't comply? Cause that would be quite a WTF, IMO.

    Not sure I agree with that. With the top dog telling you your new priorities, and every other dog in between in the room with you, you accept your new priorities. Exceptions to this include critical paths, in which case he needed to communicate "I need to complete Y to be able to do X". Otherwise it was pretty obvious he was going to lose his job, as if he's not doing what he's paid to do, why is he being paid?



  • @TGV said:

    @snoofle said:

    The CTO fired him on the spot.
    Without telling him first that he would be fired if he didn't comply? Cause that would be quite a WTF, IMO.

    That account, as given, constituted fair warning. Anybody who can't figure out "my priorities take priority over your priorities" includes "or you'll be fired" is too stupid to hold down a job.



  • WHAT POKEMON IS THAT! SHOW ME YOUR POKEMONS!



  • Where are you located? I'd throw in an application.



  • @TGV said:

    @snoofle said:

    The CTO fired him on the spot.
    Without telling him first that he would be fired if he didn't comply? Cause that would be quite a WTF, IMO.

    Nope, sorry. If someone has to be told they'll be fired just so they'll reprioritize their tasks, that basically guarantees that anyone at the same or lower level of the hierarchy won't be able to have a reasonable discussion about priorities with them.



  • @mikeTheLiar said:

    Where are you located? I'd throw in an application.

    Last I knew, he was in NYC.


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