Re: Changes and ethics and drafts - oh my!

Subject: Re: Changes and ethics and drafts - oh my!
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 10:14:33 -0700

kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com wrote:

Particularly in software, things change. Deadlines, bosses, coworkers, responsibilities, company mission statements - hell, the name of the
company itself - everything can change.

Your comments are so sensible that you're sure to be attacked from both sides. You know what they say about people who sit on the fence - theyget a lot more than hemorhoids.

However, reading the paragraph above,I started to think. In the past, the software industry has changed quickly. But is that true now? I think a case could be made that the industry has slowed down considerably - not just in economic terms, but also in terms ofinnovation.

Also, no matter what the rate of change, I can't help pointing out that the assumption of change has been the excuse for countless bad management decisions, including the one that started the original thread. This situation is often humorous - for example, I've lost count of the number of times that I've told the person interviewing me what they should ask me next, because the person has only been a few weeks on the job - but it causes unnecessary inefficiency and expense, too.

Bruce Byfield bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com 604.421.7177

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