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By georgeha (Wed Jan 31, 2018 at 04:52:09 PM EST) beer, scrum (all tags)
but that may not be an option anymore.

Plus exhausting my FSA, therapy and less.

Poll: Favorite software technique?

For a long time I avoided scrum. My paradigm when I got a problem report was to write an AR if I could recreate the problem or write an AR based on the logs supplied, wait for the developers to get me a patch, validate the patch, and send it off if it was good, or in the case of non-recreatable problems, it didn't break anything. I did my thing, the developers did theirs, and I felt no need to bother with their scrums.

That's changing. I'm picking up new duties, particularly transactional stuff like IPDS. That used to be supported from El Segundo, but the logngtime guy that supports that is getting off the project, so I'm now supporting it. Not that I haven't been ad hoc supporting it for a while, but now it's official.

Job security wise, it's a positive. The guy leaving is the only other citizen on our project in my role, so there's one less person to travel on short term notice to countries that allow Americans to visit without visas. Stil it's one more thing to learn, and new practices to learn, like listening in to the developer's scrum. So, six+ more weekly meetings added.

Long term wise it's good too, clients don't seem to want to move away from this so there will be a need for printers that understand it, for a while.

Other work changes are some of my cow-orkers going back, and people being moved into the work they're vacating. I think that's a head count thing as our project is slowly dwindling.

In a nutshell, I get more work and more stress. Joy.

At least it's not punch cards. We went to my parents for my dad's birthday and I guess my dad was boring Mrs. Ha with tales of his time in college, working in the computer lab, dealing with punch cards.

January has been an expensive month for medical/dental and vision reasons. Mrs. Ha and twenty_one_year_old have racked up over $800 in meds, and I suspect that's probably correct. I will check when I get EOBs or HIPAA access to their meds. It's expensive to be properly medicated.

Twenty_year_old spent $400 on glasses and eyecare, and I just spent $200 at the dentist, with another estimated $700 to come for a crown replacement.

If you total that all up, the maximum FSA of $2650 will probably be exhausted by February. Health care is going to be expensive this year. Joy, more financial stress.

For a final stressor, Mrs. Ha doesn't like her job, it pays less than what she was making, and it's more physically challenging. She was sent back from the bakery to be strictly on the register, but she's okay with that. I try to compensate at home, but there's a limit to how much I can overfunction. I'm not really sure a therapist can help with this either, unless he can give her a job. So, we're stuck until she gets a better job.

I would like to get to a point where she doesn't have to work, but that's going to take a lot of frugality and/or selling on ebay to reduce debt.

It's not all negative. I have a carboy of honey lager sitting in secondary that I should keg in a few weeks, and I should get some birthday money I can squander to feel better for a few minutes. Plus I'll be dead in a few score years, so there's  that.

< Magnae clunes mihi placent, nec possum de hac re mentiri | I'm a sick bastard >
I haven't been missing scrum in my life | 5 comments (5 topical, 0 hidden)
I know, reincarnation explains the fatalism by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Jan 31, 2018 at 06:13:28 PM EST
In my cow-workers. I hope they're wrong.

Methodologies by Herring (4.00 / 3) #4 Sat Feb 03, 2018 at 01:14:58 PM EST
I've come to the conclusion that if you've got good people and decent management, it doesn't matter what method you use. If you've got crap people and dysfunctional management, it doesn't matter what method you use.

Also, in a previous life, when you hear "We're going to be agile" but then find out that the project needs to be totally estimated up front and any changes have to go via the monthly change control board meeting.

Just a personal experience, but the most successful projects I've worked on, we managed to get a couple of expert users to sit with the dev team for the last few months. Rather than build/test/deliver/get change request/process change request, you get the process done in 2 minutes. "This?" "Can you make it show X?" "Sure" "This?" "Yes". But that was on a product with decent developers and decent management.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

Are you trying to ruin the software by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #5 Sat Feb 03, 2018 at 04:20:37 PM EST
Consultancy business?

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Ideally by Herring (4.00 / 3) #6 Sat Feb 03, 2018 at 05:05:47 PM EST

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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I was on a project about 10 years ago by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #7 Sat Feb 03, 2018 at 06:52:11 PM EST
like that. The one I was on last year was the other way. They managed to implement “agile scrum” as “waterfall on a two week step schedule”, among other idiocies.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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