I quit

I just read an interesting article about it being ok for go-getters and talented individuals to quit. Hmmmm. “Its ok Dave, continue”. . . “Ok I quit. Its not you its me”.
I’ve had these discussions with more people than I can count. I HATE mediocres. I won’t work with them. At least I “don’t want to” work with them. Sometimes one MUST work with them. I’m not talking about inexperienced people. I’m talking about people who come to work to pick up a check (anyone in this company know whom I am talking about?). Those people need to be fired. They are a drag on the high-fliers.
You know what you do for the high fliers? Everything. That’s right. You remove EVERY excuse they have for not working as efficiently as they can. And when you do that you tell them to prove it. Prove they are better than 10 mediocre programmers/workers. If you’ve never worked with this type of person, you’ll be amazed because they will absolutely, hands down, prove that they are worth 10 mediocres.
I liked the above article. It is one of those always relevant pieces of expository that is timeless and succinct.
So, everyone, fire ONE mediocre person in your organization and let’s get on the path to productivity again. You know who I’m talking about. That person who goes to compile a program that takes 5 minutes to compile, and sits there and waits for it to compile. Doesn’t timeslice to anything else, like documentation, regressions, pick his nose, ANYTHING. That person needs to be fired now. The rest of the employees need to be TOLD why that person was fired. Once the scapegoat is gone, productivity improves. If not start the beatings.

Mwhahahahhahaaaaaaaaa I LOVE world domination.

The Dead Sea Effect article is funny because its true. Read that also. Most of us live that article every day. This guy is a good observer. Here’s another observation for you to read. Bruce posted this link to the slashdot thread.

One thought on “I quit

  1. Tom, I just got around to reading your post. Of course you should not be upset with me, as the article you refer to was written two years before you posted it here.

    From the Dead Sea Effect article comments:

    In services people were measured entirely by billable hours. The quality of your work only mattered if the customer was irate because you could not get anything done.

    In real life I clearly see that The Corporation wants people busy, not necessarily productive, or brilliant, or moving the company forward.

    The comments about IBM are poignant and accurately reflect the fact that large companies cannot get themselves to remove dead weight. What about the comment that effective employers were more likely to leave for smaller companies, where the recognition factor is higher? Most people vote for security and the steady paycheck that comes along with it. Great programmers, I think, remain peppered between corporations large and small, with the risk of small companies or going solo deterring a great deal of movement out of the large corporation.

    More from the comments:

    It makes no sense to spend a lot of money hiring and keeping an IT engineer and then penny-pinching on her/his development tools, yet I have seen that time and again. And that also tends to drive the best IT engineers away. ..

    Who out there is not unable to get MS Project, or a fancy hole punch, or whatever tool it is that you really, really need? This problem is like a magical disease, one that boosts Bill Lumbergh’s stock by one-half of one percent and leaves everyone else in its path miserable.

    Someone commented about market-rate raises. I love to hear, three percent is competitive for this area. This might cover the cost of $3 gas, or the yearly increase in health insurance, or the rise in food (why is food so much costlier in 2010?), but only one of these.

    Why is such a high percentage of development activity in your company purely maintenance?

    Replacing old systems had definite challenges, but I think you and I Tom would be happy with a staff ninety percent of which implements new systems, and ten percent of which provides maintenance. Obviously our Startup experiment gives us the chance to implement such, but for most companies, the reality is the inverse of these figures.

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    The above comment about married coders has been encrypted using littlelite.net’s crypto java applet so that non-technie spouses may not read it, and thus not be highly offended by it.

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