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Comment STOP! It has ALWAYS been mythical! (Score 1) 281

The first book on the subject was titled "The mythical man-month"!!!

The same way the waterfall model had always been a counter- example.

"discovering" that those models are worse than your current faddish methodology is like finding that your new "locomotion revolution" beats square wheels.

Get off my lawn.

Comment Re:Same rules apply (Score 5, Insightful) 303

If the register malfunctions and the retailer stops the transaction, it's OK. If the register malfunctions and the retailer still makes the sale, that's the retailer's problem.

A sale is a contract which binds BOTH parties. And EULA's are subject to the law of the land, which says: if a contract is non-negociable, it has to be interpreted has widely as possible in favor of the party who did not draft it.

Comment Government consumer protection agencies (Score 4, Informative) 303

The Brick is known in Canada for deceptive business practices, so the consumer protection agencies have taken to the media to inform that customers do NOT have to give the money back.

The retailer advertised those prices, and tries to trick the customer into cancelling the sale to wiggle out of the sales. That's a tactic known as bait-and-switch, and it's illegal.

Comment Time to learn interoffice Judo (Score 1) 221

I assume your team is the developer pool for the company. If not, my comment is not usable.

Learn to use the forces piling onto you to achieve. If Bob in accounting is the client for whatever you are currently working on and Jim in sales asks for something, forward the request for pushing back Bob's feature to Bob. Then watch Bob and Jim wrestle on your behest.
Why does this work? Because people unconsciously know you are a finite resource. You are not tasked to choose what the company's priorities are, so let management choose the priority of each request.

Oh, and ALWAYS make an estimate of the work needed for development include the testing and some meetings. Meetings are like gravity: you can't escape them all the time.

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