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That's what all new CEO's do, then the employees that are left are so scared of getting cut that they consume all the work that the people that left did. They a short time later they out source to glean max. profits and they get rewarded with multi million dollar bonuses.
As I grow older I've found that pleasing everyone is impossible but pissing everyone off is a piece of cake.
I disagree. Microsoft management is extremely bloated. There is a plethora of dead products and wasted efforts. There are plenty of employees who do little. The recruitment office, for example, was noticeably overstaffed. They have satellite offices which have no discernible function. Even engineering teams are bloated.
In addition to all of that, due to several recent purchases, including Nokia, there is a duplication of positions.
I don't think they're going far enough. (The problems with various products Microsoft has had isn't lack of people, but too many people. Microsoft engineering tends to make the simplest designs more complicated. A "Hello World" written by Microsoft will somehow involve COM, LINQ and use several hundred lines of code.)
I recently discovered Charlie Stross[^], and I have to say that I love his Laundry series of novels. I never thought I'd see a book where the day to day mundane side of working with tech would meet with the world of Lovecraft.
One word of warning though - you must read the books in order. He does refer back to earlier books from later ones. I'm just working my way through The Rhesus Chart, and if you've ever worked with Scrum, you'll appreciate the humour. Heck, even if you haven't, you'll appreciate the stereotypes.
I agree his Laundry stuff is definitely much better than the Space Opera stuff with his techno-thriller (i.e. Rule 34) coming somewhere in-between. I try to read all of the former, some of the latter and avoid the Space Opera.
That is how it is. Life, responsibilities and software development crowd in. I encourage you to write a little bit of your story every day. Getting it done is the important thing. YOu can always make it better later. Good luck.
I always give my new books away for at least 24 hours. My new book is free and you can get it at Amazon: Fiction Writer's Fire Starter[^] Summary Learn fiction writing techniques as I walk you through analysis of 26 excerpts from published books (from authors like John Grisham, Tom Clancy, Ernest Hemingway, Alan Dean Foster and many more). Even if you aren't going to write fiction you may like the analysis of the excerpts.
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Yes, Fiction Writing I know this is generally a progrmaming forum, but the lounge is for anything. Also, I've discovered that quite a few software developers also like to write fiction. Maybe you'll give it a go.