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Poking the beehive with a stick

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Giving the finger

Mmmmm... comments show pointing fingers all around. The tenth commenter doesn't seem to understand that marketing drives many if not most of the product decisions. Engineering teams deliver what they are told to. Sometimes they do this on time and other times not.

Ask any design manager what the biggest roadblock to increased design efficiency is and they will answer roadmap churn. Many failed projects are due to not thinking hard enough at the beginning, or by thinking for too long and not deciding ... ever.

For a good perspective on how this stuff works, you could probably do worse then googling for Bob Colwell. He is a bit hyperbolic, but certainly entertaining and for the most part accurate.

As for the role of IT or HR in this, I just don't know enough to throw stones accurately. It just seems to me that everyone in IT except for 5 or 6 people who actually write code is a manager. I can't see how that would be a good idea. HR is a black hole. Throwing anything is bound to end up hitting it.

Anyway, in tough times the people in the lifeboats should paddle together instead of sizing up how tender the liver of another may be. Let's all just get along, and pass me the Chianti.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I am not alone...

IT Guy is testing the waters with another Intel anonyblog.
Good Luck IT GUY!
Find it here:

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Our amps go to 10.5

Bringing the intel population down to 92K is an interesting idea. I can't remember exactly, but Craig drew the line somewhere at 75K once and at 85K another time. How Intel ballooned to more than 100K (not counting contractors) is a bit of a mystery to me. Maybe there are some clues in the press releases...

EEtimes's write up mentions the initial cuts are in:
"management, marketing and information technology functions, reductions related to the previously announced sale of businesses, and attrition"

Hmmmm... bloated management, marketing and IT? Who would have guessed!

My condolences to those who are among the unfortunate who get in the way of the combine. The manager cuts were hardly what most would call "surgical" so there are going to be more injured civilians in this round.

I offer this site to anyone who is interested in posting their thoughts on this matter and who does not have a "safe" place to do so. Just leave a comment or email me -

Goodnight and good luck!