This last few days have been crazy. A major system is going live and as usual, lots of things which didn’t go wrong in testing are suddenly causing problems. Sigh.
Anyway, everyone from the different teams are sending emails back and forth. A reports a problem to B. B forwards the mail to C asking for details to help. C forwards it to D saying ‘hey, didn’t you say this was ok’. D forwards it to A saying ‘I thought you told me to tell C it was ok.” and on and on it goes…. Every mail of course is CC to the bosses so that the record shows we are all doing our job. Grrr… damn stupid. Half the time people spend protecting their own backsides that no work is really done.
Anyway, it reminds me of this game we played in primary school. Actually two games. The first is poison ball where one team is surrounded by another team which tries to hit them with the ‘poison ball’. If you get hit, you die and you are out of the game. Corporate life seems to be like that. I see people avoiding phone calls, stay away from the desk and shunning the boss…the key is if the boss can’t see you, hopefully they will move on to another target.
The second game is pass the package. The game where you don’t want to be caught holding the package when the music stops. That is the email game we seem to be playing. Keep emailing and forwarding hopefully it isn’t your turn to answer when the boss starts taking notice of all the messages in the thread.
Oh well…. being the new guy here, I can just sit at my desk and do what I enjoy – trace the code and fix the bugs. But my seniors… they are in front of the firing squad but credit to them, it seems that my team is more interested in solving the issues than anything else