OMG: my late (fortunately former) manager is in the news again!

Scott Adams is right on spot again: squirrels are incapable of landing elephants ^H^H^H^H^H^H 747s

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Dilber nailed that again: I see dumb people (C)

I am fascinated by Scott Adams: he expresses the story of my life very close to its sources… Very often (not all the time though). I have noticed that I am not a people person some odd years ago (despite various suggestions to read a book of Habits of Highly Crippy People

Contrastively to the book, I like people in short bursts – 1-1.5 minutes long max. That’s all because I have a very low tolerance for a bull shit. Perhaps, I shouldn’t say BS word for the sake of the children.

I’m sure everyone can recognize my late manager…

If someone wants to see a perfect depiction of my late manager (not a pretty, yet a hilarious view) click, scroll to ‘Meeting’ title and read away!
The fella is recreated in front of my mental eye with 100% accuracy!

Oh yes, I am sure you had one like this in your professional life. You didn’t? I am envious cause I already had two of those ;(

Thank you, Dilbert, for debunking open workspace crap!

Being an alumni of Sun Microsystems for more than 15 years I love isolated offices. I have one at home which is a sort of sacred place even for my dog.

In fact, one of a biggest hardies of getting accustomed to Yahoo! environment were cubicles. Don’t get me wrong – I like Yahoo! a lot: great company and mostly nice engineering culture! However, I hate cubicles with my guts – the noise level is too much sometimes: a lot of people aren’t inherently evil, but rather inconsiderate when it gets to things like noise in a workplace. Some pretends to be amicable and laughing too hard, others chat loudly, etc.

However, I found cubicles to be somewhat tolerable after having a first hand experience with an open workspace. The main idea behind one is – apparently – to facilitate a collaboration between team members (yeah, right!), however the reality was nothing but a constant flow of interruptions, annoyance, and irritation where one could had a productive office hours only between 6 and 10 am while the office is virtually empty. Golly Gee: what a nightmare ;(!

I found many startups which are eagerly engaging into open-space fallacy mimicking, perhaps, some ‘hot’ companies out there. A whole lot of studies were done over last 40-50 years which shows direct correlation between a level of distraction and one’s ability to perform activities requiring a high level of concentration (i.e. software engineering, learning, etc.). So, what the proponents of open workspaces, perhaps, do not realize is that at the end of the day it isn’t a hive-mind aka ‘group think’ doubtful benefits but rather the quality and predictability of a company’s product are at stake.

Am I glad to be in such a good company on that one?