Recently I took my daughter’s Mr. Potato Head to work. He sat in a nearby cubicle staring at a monitor for a week.
I needed to make a point.
My company has contracted with an outsourcing firm. This in and of itself is not a bad thing. I understand there are good offshore firms out there. And ours does have some good people.
Unfortunately, the one assigned to me doesn’t fit into that classification. He’s unskilled, unwilling to ask questions, and a maverick on top of everything else.
It got to the point where he was taking almost a third of my day between reiterating instructions, reviewing broken code, and analyzing assignments to see if he could handle them.
This has been going on for weeks. I have been documenting, reporting, and doing measurements, which when reported to upper management, was greeted with, “it’s a problem, and we’ll get to it.”
In frustration, I went to my project manager, and I told him that I was struggling. To which my manager, who has another project with the same sort of resources assigned, quipped that a potato in the chair would be better.
“Because zero productivity is always better than negative.”
So Mr. Potato Head came to work with me. He may not be producing any code, but he isn’t distracting me either.
Upper management has seen him, gotten the story, and is moving to make changes quicker. It’s something that all the hard numbers couldn’t get them to do.
And that’s a step in the right direction.
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