The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

The various principles of management

Today was much nicer than yesterday. As I did actual work, you know, the work that I was hired to perform—to generate software that we charge our customers to use, I reached the que sera sera state with my “self-review” and have decided to let it go (I can only hope that the Corporate Overlords of the Corporation will finally accept it and not kick it back down for another wasted day of make-busy work).

But The Process has me thinking. There's the Peter Principle, which states that people are promoted to their level of incompetence, and the Dilbert Principle, which states that incompetent people are promoted to management to limit the damage they can do. And then there's the Gervais Principle, which is a lot harder to summarize but at first glance (of over 30,000 words) appears to explain management machinations, but I suspect I'm going to have to read the thing several times before I understand the actual principle, especially given the terms used to describe three groups of people—sociopaths, clueless, and losers—are loaded with negative connotations (after an initial reading, I would personally use the terms realists, idealists and cynics).

In the mean time, as far as I'm concerned, The Process is over, and I shall not talk about it again.

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