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If these things match you :
1.You are born somewhere between the 60s-70s
2.You find it difficult to grasp the context of a quick-running text chat
3.You look for lengthy VOICE calls to understand every problem, feature, and you need a lot of help to recollect the past-discussions.
4. You need something to be drawn on the board every time.
Quick solution: Retire.
Or at least never aspire to be a director or any other top level roles. please.
Starting to think people post kid pics in their profiles because that was the last time they were cute - Jeremy Falcon.
With any luck he'll remember these comments when he gets older and learns from them.
Whenever I get a little too high and mighty its time to go look at some of the code from early in my career. That's assuming I can even understand what I was trying to do at the time. Nothing brings you back to Earth faster than seeing how far you've come.
You find it difficult to grasp the context of a quick-running text chat
Or, more likely, you aren't included in the previous conversations that give these chats context.
You look for lengthy VOICE calls to understand every problem, feature, and you need a lot of help to recollect the past-discussions.
Or, you are looking after so many items and aren't included in the micro-discussions that occur between team members so you need these discussions to explain to you exactly what the thundering dunderheads are trying to BS past you; no, you don't need to rewrite the app in the latest iteration of Angular as both you and I know that all you need to do is fix a CSS bug but you want to take the opportunity to pad your CV.
You need something to be drawn on the board every time.
Ah yes, because forcing you to draw something on the board enables me to put this in context with the 100 other projects I'm also involved in while this is all you have to do on a daily basis so of course you understand it better than I do.
Or, to put it another way, the reason you need to explain things to me is because I have to look after a lot more than you do while, simultaneously, having business skills as well. Remember, just because they can't do your job any more doesn't mean that you can do theirs.
I agree with everything above but have to air one pet peeve about my current environment.
Pete O'Hanlon wrote:
to put this in context with the 100 other projects I'm also involved in
That's great, I want to make sure the solution I'm proposing plays nice with those 100+ other projects too. When the reason I need to use a particular vendor, technology, or widget is "to better align with our other strategies" without any sort of context then I'm left just as clueless as I was before. Give me something to work off of so I don't waste my time and yours in the future. Don't need all the details but some sort of high level idea would be nice.