RE: Help me keep track of the time I spend writing, with meetings, and with Graphics.

Subject: RE: Help me keep track of the time I spend writing, with meetings, and with Graphics.
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "SB" <sylvia -dot- braunstein -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 09:53:10 -0700

SB wrote:

<snip> He takes about 5 to 10 times longer than I
> have in the past to update a same document. So, how can I
> figure out what is wrong there and fix it if I know exactly
> the changes that are involved. </snip>

You have the before and after versions of the document, right? So, is he
updating 5 to 10 times as much content? And if so, are the changes
necessary and appropriate? If not, have you told him his work is
unacceptable and made both your expectations and the consequences of
failing to meet them clear?

<snip> I just feel that I am giving him the
> easy part and taking on all the load and he can't even meet
> the deadlines for the easy part. </snip>

If you've set deadlines that you're confident are reasonable, and he
failed to meet them, then why are you still paying him? If he's making
your job harder, not easier, he needs to be replaced.

<snip> Note that he is very
> experienced and I do personally like him, I just get very
> frustrated that it does not matter how small the project, if
> he is given a life time, this is how much it will take him </snip>

There are contractors and consultants who put far more effort into
getting the contract and being likeable than into the actual work they
do. Some manage to make a career out of this, preying on the many people
like you who are easily taken advantage of. If they're "given a life
time," of course that's how long it will take! They're paid by the hour!


There's no software that will help you, SB. If your description of the
situation is accurate, then no offense, but you need to grow a spine.

Richard


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Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
303-223-5111
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rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom
303-777-0436
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