Should have asked for everything the company knows. Or would that be a bigger cloud of DOOM?
Do not say all you know, for he who says all he knows often says more than he knows…
I had a manager once who heard about “link compatible object files” (don’t ask: If you don’t know, it’s too geeky to bother with). He decided that meant that we could fix bugs without changing any code at all. I double checked: Yep, that’s what he meant and intended. I shrugged and said “sure, okay.” He went away happy (and “he went away” did that for me)… and I went back to doing what I’d been doing: Which was fixing bugs, BY changing code, strangely enough…
PHB is thinking “ Does this guy even work here? Who is he?”
Some large project I was working had the work divided up to individual tasks metered out one task per engineer. The way to find status was over beer on Fridays. I ignored the bosses floggings and just coordinated with the rest of the serfs at the local tavern. We delivered. The stockholders were happy….
It should be a familiar feeling.
Is PHB wearing a different suit today?
Sometimes I find that I know more than I never knew, but am always willing to impart what I knew that I do not know.
An engineer tells you exactly what he knows. A manager tells you exactly what he thinks. A salesman tells you exactly what you want to hear. They all lie a little.
IOW he didn’t know what he had told.
A fan once wrote a brilliant letter to Cartalk, claiming that the Tappet Brothers had proved it was possible for two people together to know even less than either one did separately. It had followed a prolonged discussion of electric trailer brakes in which neither had the slightest idea of what they were talking about. They read the letter on a subsequent show.
Dilly is on his way to the break room…. to drop that cloud off on the back of Wally!
Knowledge is the first step on the path to enlightenment. And ruination.
Luckily where I work (large company…three letters, the first is A) it is not about getting anything done…..it is about working on it…
Heavy, heavy usually hangs over thy head, but I suppose a Cloud of Doom can also trail along behind. PHB was unusually honest today about his vast ignorance….