Archive for November 16th, 2002

Going To The Cinema

Saturday, November 16th, 2002

I went to a UGC cinema tonight. It was horrible. The foyer was covered in litter and popcorn crumbs. The counter were I bought my sweets was covered in a sticky substance. The staff were unfriendly. My shoes stuck to the floor of the theatre. The sound cut out during the adverts and the lights came back on. Unfortunately, this happened during the film as well so we had to leave ten minutes after it started.

Christmas Shopping

Saturday, November 16th, 2002

I’ve just ordered a copy of the Back To The Future Trilogy on DVD.

At BlackStar this costs

Keeping Staff Happy

Saturday, November 16th, 2002

I recently suggested to a manager that if he wanted more productivity from his experienced programmers, he should spend more time, attention, and money to training. He replied, “Why bother sending them to expensive classes? The experienced ones just leave here for other shops, so I’d just be training them for other people.”

When I interviewed two of his top programmers, they confided that they were seriously considering leaving, which tended to confirm the manager’s pessimistic view. But when I asked them why they were leaving, they independently said that “management doesn’t value our work.” What evidence did they have? Both told me that they had repeatedly been turned down on requests to attend courses!

– Gerald M. Weinberg, Overstructured Management of Software Engineering, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Software Engineering, September 1992