Downsizing and Outsourcing

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Re:From My Simpleton Point of View (Score:5, Insightful)

by ducomputergeek (595742) on Sunday September 20, @01:55PM (#29483749)
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It depends, if said developer is completing the most work, but also one of the highest paid, then the next round of down sizing it goes something like this:

PHB: Hmmm, Bob is making over $X. I see he’s the most productive, but we could higher two new grads and an intern for the same amount. They’d be at least that productive right?

Re:From My Simpleton Point of View (Score:5, Funny)

by eldavojohn (898314) * <my/.username@@@gmail.com> on Sunday September 20, @02:02PM (#29483799)
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Alex Trebek: “Hmmm, Bob is making over $X. I see he’s the most productive, but we could higher two new grads and an intern for the same amount. They’d be at least that productive right?”
Contestant: “What is the final nail on a project’s coffin, Alex?”
Alex Trebek: “Right you are!”
Contestant: “I’ll stay in the same category and take ‘Stupid Managers’ for $800.”
Alex Trebek: “The answer is: Half your team has been fired and your manager has moved software modules to be developed in this country.”
Contestant: “What is India?”
Alex Trebek: “Correct again!”

Re:From My Simpleton Point of View (Score:3, Funny)

by girlintraining (1395911) on Sunday September 20, @03:25PM (#29484361)

Yeah, except it doesn’t actually work that way. Here’s what happens:

1. Board level manager’s meeting.
2. [New person] is eager to prove themselves and suggests [bad idea] from [trade magazine].
3. Nobody else in the meeting has had enough time to read something other than [trade magazine], and so believe [bad idea] is a good idea.
4. Vote passes unanimously.
5. Middle management, who has read something other than [trade magazine] tries to politely tell [new person] that [bad idea] won’t work.
6. [new person] ignores cries of pain and suffering, stiffens their resolve to ram [bad idea] down organization’s throat, backed by the full power of the board.
7. Middle management stalls as long as possible, warning everyone of the impending apocalypse.
7a. Except you and anyone on the lower rungs.
7b. Those who do find out, bail from the company like rats from a sinking ship.
8. Costs suddenly rise, due to a sudden vaccum of experienced workers and a drop in efficiency. The effort can no longer be stalled.
9. A week later, you’re asked to fill out some forms and update the knowledge base.
10. You’re so focused on your job, you think nothing of it.
10a. Alternate: Your manager is kind and says something to you.
11. Regardless, you’re still let go before you can swim to another piece of floatsam.
12. Upper management cries victory — everything costs less now!
13. Middle management develops a drinking habit, but says nothing.
14. The new people hired in [Country X] think everyone over here is a bunch of idiots and drunks.

Ta-Da! The end.

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