Wednesday, August 26, 2009

When yoda speaks, listen, you should.

Working in software, you time is valuable. In addition, your time is often billable to clients or capitalizable for your company. You track your time, what projects you are working on, defects, bug fixes, client calls, planning meetings - you track it all. You don't do this because its fun, you do it because it is necessary. You especially do it when times are tight, because if you bill your time to clients it makes the company money and when you capitalize your time, the expense is spread over time and both those things makes the bottom line better. Your company buys MS project organizing software that allows you to track it painfully. Oh, did I say that out-loud, of course what I meant is that they buy time tracking software that allows you to track it painlessly (or not in our case.) When you switch to a department where most of the time is on capitalizable projects, you beg endlessly for you manager to setup - oops that out-loud thing again - ask your manager to authorize you to log time against the department's projects which of course are already setup (or not in our case.) And so when you get to the end of the quarter, there your department is with 80% (or 0% in our case) of your time either billed or capitalized and the VP of the division is a happy camper. In our case, he isn't and my manager and his manager both got called out on their failure. All I have to say is, I TOLD YOU SO!


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