1. I accept that I am under the control of a higher power (Muppet).

I was promoted for solving issues I created

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I worked for a Big-5 and noticed month after month that propz went to people who could RESOLVE issues (usually issues created by their own bad coding.) Little propz went to people who simply didnt create issues (by designing properly, testing well, etc.) I reduced my testing one quarter and spend less overtime at work. Naturally bugs resulted. I was promoted for resolving these issues.
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I've seen this too. It's an odd quirk of human nature that our hereos solve problems, but people don't notice they solved them too. It's like being rewarding sticking someone with an knife and then pulling it out.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 17th, 2007 8:06pm
Activity follows whatever gets measured/incentivized.
Permalink Joel Spoofsky 
March 17th, 2007 8:45pm
The Navy often handed out Navy Achievement Medals for the sake of handing out a medal. We would refer to it as the "doing your job when it was *really* hard" medal.
Permalink Send private email Philo 
March 17th, 2007 9:33pm
Isn't this another variant on the KLOC technique?

If I'm being paid/rewarded/praised by the line, guess what -- I'm going to take six lines to make a simple string assignment.
Permalink Send private email xampl 
March 17th, 2007 10:04pm
If only CoT didn't reward people for stating the obvious.
Permalink Geeky McGeekerson 
March 17th, 2007 10:05pm
Hey Dicky McDickson, how does CoT reward people for stating the obvious?
Permalink Crackwhore McCrackwhore 
March 18th, 2007 3:52pm
I got a $50 Amex gift-certificate from CoT for it.

So, you guys haven't been getting yours in the mail?
Permalink Send private email xampl 
March 18th, 2007 4:05pm
Hey, Crackly O'Whora, go back to your johnjohns and leave the heavy logic, p is not-p, lifting for the boys.
Permalink Geeky McGeekerson 
March 18th, 2007 8:29pm

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