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Monday, June 18, 2007

The defect hoopla

He was just dragging his legs towards the "Gallows"...was he going to be hung for his mistakes or derided in front of his own people or banished forever???!!. The scene described here ironically refers to the emotions felt by Rohit, a software developer whose code had a bug and meeting was called forth to describe how this situation could have been averted. He was musing over all possible lines of defence he could take. His options were "I did not send that mail", "I did not code that function", "someone tampered with my computer", in final desperation he also wanted to shout "Earthquake people run!! run for your lives!"...

He expected the room to be filled with gleeful spectators waiting to see the lion slay the man as in the roman times...He felt indignant and made an oath to himself that he will never help any of those people with their code ever again! This was not even his first choice.He was one of those people caught up in this giant spider web of deceit.

He remembered how huge the corridors had looked when he first stepped into the company. The Business Unit head had personally addressed him and said he was being offered this splendid opportunity of working on such cutting edge high-end technology which will provide him with ample opportunities to broaden his technical skill-set and further explore the managerial abilities buried deep inside him!!(abyss would have been a favorable word)....if someone came up to him and said that dialogue now, he would slap that guy and say "Yeah right!"... but then we are all novices at some point in our lives.

Moving on from one lousy and supposedly high-end project to another he had finally hit upon a project where the skills obtained could actually be put down on his resume(apart from Microsoft word, excel and powerpoint)...but he had ruined this for himself. The mistake not exactly being only his, still cost him his self-dignity, something that he still possessed or atleast thought he did. And then it hit him, a brainwave, could it work??

It was only him and the manager.... apparently not everyone was invited to this defect hoopla. He told the manager "Sharath, I'm quitting!".The expression on his manager's face "PRICELESS!".


Sharath(now almost falling from his chair): Oh what caused this sudden decision on your part?
Rohit: Well the working ethics of this project coupled with the stress of forestalling defects and managing time constrained deliveries do not confirm with what I expect from a project"

(Rohit gave a self satisfied smug look that seemed to say "Yeah I have learnt to say such stuff too").

Sharath: Er...Ehem...(say something!anything!) But you are one of our most enterprising employees... we cannot afford to lose you.
Rohit: But the consequences of this particular defect has shown me that may not be a the case.(He hazarded this statement not knowing what it might provoke!)

Sharath: I'm extremely impressed at your being such a responsible person. you are the cog that holds this team together
Rohit: It has come to my hearing that Clientele were misinformed about my work and are not happy about it?

Sharath: You shouldn't believe all that you hear. On the contrary I'm just sending them a mail informing about your latest responsibilities and discussing about your onsite opportunities
Rohit: Well will this mistake be taken up during my appraisal?(gaining confidence with every question!)

Sharath: Say no more...these things happen in a project.I give you my word it will not affect your appraisal. I have personally done bigger mistakes and escaped scott free(with a sheepish grin!)
Rohit: (Of course you did n you still do!) Well my personal life has taken a toll since I started working on this project

Sharath: Oh I totally understand...take a week off!! go for a vacation and lets not hear about this resignation any more.Keep up your good work....
Rohit: Sure!!!(he had formulated a new all-in-all strategy! Success sure is sweet!)

18 Comments:

  • At June 19, 2007 at 4:59 AM , Blogger ajaygroups said...

    Hey Atom,

    Wonderful post... You have echoed every software engineers feeling to near perfection.The idea itself though not new was very well presented... Its so true that such things happen in every s/w engg's life.. rememeber Davidson... Blue ocean... Java M/F intg... The way ur welcomed into a company.. the way the trap is neatly laid is very well documented by many of the affected parties.Its so true that what u cannot bargain through apparaisal can be easily done by a letter... the resignation letter. All of a sudden u become the most important member of the team... the pivot of the team... all that stuff. Makes me laugh like crazy when i think of the Conference room in Haddows.We were standing there like lambs ready to be butchered

     
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  • At June 19, 2007 at 5:05 AM , Blogger BKa said...

    Hey super Anu ... This 1 was really funny !! The best part was

    "The Business Unit head had personally addressed him and said he was being offered this splendid opportunity of working on such cutting edge high-end technology which will provide him with ample opportunities to broaden his technical skill-set and further explore the managerial abilities buried deep inside him!!(abyss would have been a favorable word)....if someone came up to him and said that dialogue now, he would slap that guy and say "Yeah right!"...
    I still remember.. this is wat happ to the 18 of us.. that unlucky day in the first week of September'05 !!!! Mr Davids......

    I'm thinking if I can use ur all-in-all strategy... Jus thinking if my pm will madhichify me evn if i try :(

     
  • At June 19, 2007 at 5:16 AM , Blogger Nivi said...

    abyss would have been a favorable word)....if someone came up to him and said that dialogue now, he would slap that guy and say "Yeah right!"... but then we are all novices at some point in our lives

    couldn agree more !!!

    ROTFL.. good one man.. and i know the inspiration ;-)
    p.s i just loved the title hehe

     
  • At June 19, 2007 at 6:17 AM , Blogger Anu said...

    @ajay
    thx dude!
    "We were standing there like lambs ready to be butchered"-even now i can viualize that!

    @b.k
    sure da.go ahead try it out!!! lemme know if things go favorably else i would say "do i know you?"...jus kidding.glad u liked it

    @nivi
    Of course u gave me the inspiration dude!!!:-)but i guess i have meandered out a bit from what you thought i might write!!!

     
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  • At June 19, 2007 at 8:58 AM , Blogger navien said...

    Hey super kewwwl post !! Awesome n i enjoyed it!! Luved d Title too:)

    Seein d word defect , aaahhhh!!! bugs had been buggin me fr past 2 years n even now continue to. lol!!
    Its true that every software engineer has to undergo dese kinda situations. Lol it s pretty true we wud b gropin fr some sentences/reasons to get rid of it..several stupid reasons we wud think :-)

    "Earthquake people run!! run for your lives!"..." damn funny !!!:-) haha.
    I can see how much bad xperience u guys have had wid ur first company n d transition:-)).

    Ur best post so far!!!D way it s written s damn b'tiful!! Keep dem comin!!!!

     
  • At June 19, 2007 at 10:37 AM , Blogger chandrasekaran said...

    hi Anu, I read your latest blog.
    It was very interesting.

    You have just portrayed the actual plight of the IT people. It was excellent and different from the rest. Keep it up. Wish you more success.

     
  • At June 19, 2007 at 12:06 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @navien
    Thx...yeah we did have a bad time during the transition.being freshers we din know anythin!!!

    @Dad
    Thx for the comments!!! Glad u liked it... i think this gave u a glimpse into a diffrent aspect of IT industry :-)

     
  • At June 19, 2007 at 8:06 PM , Blogger CM-Chap said...

    Ha Ha... But in reality it is slightly different.

     
  • At June 20, 2007 at 9:59 AM , Blogger Princess Banter said...

    You totally took the words out of my mouth -- awesome! I'm somehow glad I'm not the only one who thinks that way ;)

     
  • At June 20, 2007 at 10:32 PM , Blogger CM-Chap said...

    Hey Anu.. v.busy?

     
  • At June 21, 2007 at 1:33 AM , Blogger Anu said...

    @cm-chap
    na not really...why wassup?

     
  • At June 21, 2007 at 1:26 PM , Blogger Confessions of a Born Procrastinator said...

    He he...

    a story that probably every software engineer can relate too...

    i liked the part about promises, big project.. bla bla... Been there done that and very very co'incidentally, my name is Rohit too... +Ç=

     
  • At June 21, 2007 at 9:47 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @confessions
    ha ha lol... i did not expect that little coincidence!!:-)

     
  • At June 24, 2007 at 3:43 AM , Blogger Ramesh said...

    Hey Radha... Very gud post.. i know the inspirations..very well Portrayed

    "in final desperation he also wanted to shout "Earthquake people run!! run for your lives!"..."

    Very funny...i luvd it..

    Rohit shouldn't have compromised his resignation for a week off!

     

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