Unusual Subroutines


The blog and musings of Christopher Allen-Poole
Entries for tag "management"

The Slow Time


It's that time of the company lifecycle… the slow period. That time between projects when there is not quite enough time to start something new and everything old has more-or-less wound down. There are few projects which will need attention until the new year. Recent weeks have shown me logging an increasing number of hours towards doing things like minimizing technical debt and moving unit test coverage to our minimum standard threshold. (I am very glad to say that I have no more Sonar blockers in any project I have direct control over).

When this type of period starts in a company, there are a number of possible outcomes. Something which should be an obvious concern is employee listlessness. This warning seems especially apt:

Expressions of discontent, complaints about the firm, and poor morale never surface more frequently than when there is not enough work to keep everyone occupied.1

But if employees are handled correctly, then this employee "downtime" does not need to be one of concern. If anything times like this are when you have resources free to actually create, so long as you are geared towards innovation.

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Without Staff, There Are No Standards

Something which I was recently discussing with a colleague was her problem with her company's recent top-down initiatives. There was a series of major pushes in her company which she didn't feel were justified. Things had worked decently in the past but these changes seemed like a bad attempt at fixing something which was not broken.


The problem here wasn't actually the reforms. The reforms were probably well justified (I didn't really have visibility into whether or not they actually were). The problem was the approach.

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