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Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Demo

Demos are a great way for showing your manager what you managed to accomplish. It's also a great way for covering up what you didn’t manage to accomplish…
S2C08 - The Demo

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bad Day at Work

We all have our lousy days at work. Whenever I have one, I can always count on my girlfriend to cheer me up.
Bad Day at Work

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

HR Assistance

Last time, Dan was ridiculed by his colleagues for agreeing to replace the cleaning lady. Having lost his self-esteem, Dan starts having suicidal thoughts. The economic crisis causes many employees to consider the easy way out. That's when the HR assistant comes into the picture…

My 25 Percent - Season 2, Chapter 6 - HR Assisstance

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I, Janitor

Last time, Kinderman appointed me as "Chief Sanitation Engineer", or janitor. Now I must cope with my new responsibilities, and, more importantly, with my colleagues' reactions.

My 25 Percent Comics - Season 2 - Chapter 5 - I, Janitor

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hiring Freeze

The economic crisis has caused CRAP to declare a hiring freeze throughout the company. As a result, CRAP employees soon start to feel a heavier burden on their shoulders.

S2C04 - Hiring Freeze

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

P-Mail

Sometimes, in order to reduce costs, you have to come up with extremely creative solutions, as you will find out in this chapter of My 25 Percent.

S2C03 - P-Mail

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Budget Cuts

Having received his formal nomination as "board-member in charge of solving CRAP's financial problems", Benjamin starts a tour of CRAP locations around the world in order to supervise the implementation of his reforms.

My 25 Percent - Season 2 - Chapter 2 - Budget Cuts

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Recovery Plan

The latest global financial crisis has hit many technology companies, big and small. CRAP is no exception, and now the CRAP management board has to come up with a plan to deal with this unfortunate situation.


My 25 Percent Season 2 Episode 1 - The Recovery Plan

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Alone in the Dark

For the 25th episode of "My 25 Percent" we present: A dark story of horror and drama…

My 25 Percent Comics - Season 1 - Chapter 25 - Alone in the Dark

This chapter ends the first season of "My 25 Percent". We're taking a short break, and we'll be back with a whole new season soon, so stay tuned!

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Manageability

Kinderman is once again unsatisfied with the group's performance. As any good manager would do, he calls a meeting and preaches about what, in his opinion, should be done about it...

My 25 Percent Comics - Season 1 - Chapter 24 - Manageability

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Advertising

Major software companies tend to spend a fortune on advertising. Lately, one of them shocked its competitors when it hired the greatest (and richest) comedian in the world for its new marketing campaign. Being a leading software company, CRAP decides not to fall behind in the advertising arms-race..

My 25 Percent Comics - Season 1 - Chapter 23 - Advertising

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Influence Without Authority (Part Three)

Last time, I ended up bursting in tears after my colleagues refused to cooperate with me. Now, I turn to them in an attempt to finally answer the question: "can there be influence without authority"?

This is the shocking conclusion of the chapter about "Influence without Authority"... On second thought, it's the most expected conclusion you can imagine...

My 25 Percent Comics - Season 1- Chapter 22 - Influence Without Authority (Part 3)



Previous Chapters of "Influence without Authority":

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Influence Without Authority (Part Two)

In the previous chapter, I virtually agreed to virtually lead a virtual team. Now I must approach my unsuspecting colleagues and start bossing them around, using subtle techniques of Influence without Authority.


My 25 Percent Comics - Season 1 - Chapter 21 - Influence Without Authority (Part 2)

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Influence Without Authority (Part One)

This time I learn all about exerting influence without authority.

My 25 Percent Comics - Season 1 - Chapter 20 - Influence Without Authority (Part 1)

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sexual Harassment

"My 25 Percent" takes a bold step forward and talks about one of the most disturbing issues in today's work environment: sexual harassment at work.


My 25 Percent Comics - Season 1 - Chapter 19 - Sexual Harassment

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Meeting Overflow

As time goes by, I find myself spending more and more time in useless meetings. This time, I finally decide to confront this problematic issue.

My 25 Percent - Season 1 - Chapter 18 - Meeting Overflow

Recommended reading
"Bored Meetings" (an article published by The Guardian)

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

International Disputes

Being an international software corporate, CRAP has development centers in various locations around the globe. In this chapter, one innocent mistake made by the Israeli engineers echoes all the way to India, and now it's up to the guys in Bangalore to prove their stubborn Israeli counterparts wrong.


My 25 Percent Comics - Season 1 - Chapter 17 - International Disputes

Recommended Reading:
Intercultural Communication
Intercultural Misommunication

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Crappy Acronyms

After failing to find the meaning of life, I decide to try finding the meaning of CRAP. Surprisingly, finding the meaning of life may prove easier…

 My 25 Percent Comics - Season 1 - Chapter 16 - Crappy Acronyms

I'd like to thank my friend Inbal for the inspiration...

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Improving Effectiveness

There are many popular systems and paradigms aimed at increasing personal effectiveness and overall self improvement, such as "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People ®". In this chapter, CRAP offers me the chance to learn one of the newest systems out there.

This chapter is dedicated to Melanie (Chiu), training coordinator and croissant provider at CRAP...

My 25 Percent Comics - Season 1 - Chapter 15 - Improving Effectiveness(Claiming my blog @ Technorati)
Technorati Profile

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Bugging Question

This time I learn all about software bugs, and in the process I discover yet another misguided QA methodology, called "Ask the developer"...
This chapter introduces Karen, a renowned QA expert in CRAP.

My 25 Percent Comics - Season 1 - Chapter 14 - Bugging Question

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Rewarding of Dan (Fan Challenge)

This time I learn how sometimes big companies show their appreciation to their employees in just the wrong way.

My 25 Percent Comics - Season 1 - Chapter 13 - The Rewarding of Dan


The Creation of Adam
This chapter is a tribute to "The Creation of Adam", by Michelangelo.






Think you can do better than me? Then prove it!
"My 25 Percent" invites you to submit your own ideas for texts for " The Rewarding of Dan" (this chapter) . Simply comment to this post, and tell me what you think Ron and Dan should say to each other.
My 25 Percent Comics - Fan Challenge 1 Example
Example (Click on thumbnail to your left):
Ron: This envelope contains the secret of eternal life.
Dan: Yeah right, you don't even know the secret of eternal hair...



Submit you ideas by the end of this week. The winning ideas will be displayed in one of next week's posts. Be sure to include your name (or nickname) in the comment, so you could be credited for your idea!

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Bureaucracy

This time I learn all about the bureaucracy of large software corporations, and how it can stifle the creativeness and initiatives of employees.

My 25 Percent Comics - Season 1 - Chapter 12 - Bureaucracy

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Social Networks

This time I learn the importance of keeping up to date with all the new Social Networks that keep popping up from time to time…

My 25 Percent Comics - Season 1 - Chapter 11 - Social Networks

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Chapter 10 - Hans Pays a Visit

This time an important manager from Germany arrives to the CRAP development center in Israel...

My 25 Percent - Season 1 - Chapter 10 - Hans Pays a Visit

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Boosting Morale (Special Color Edition)

This time I learn how easily the morale of employees can be manipulated.

My 25 Percent - Season 1 = Chapter 9 - Boosting Morale

This is the first color edition of "My 25 Percent". Don't expect a lot more of these, as the laws of biology enforce me to get at least 40 hours of sleep a week...

BTW I'd like to thank my friend David for the idea.

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Monday, June 30, 2008

Delegating Responsibility

This time I learn all about delegating responsibility, a useful management technique to be used in dire times.

My 25 Percent Comics - Season 1 - Chapter 8 - Delegating Responsibility

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

No QA For You!

This time the CRAP QA team fails to perform its duty, and the developers are asked to lend a hand.

My 25 Percent Comics - Season 1 - Chapter 7 - No QA For You!

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Acronyms 101

This time I learn about the importance of using acronyms in the working environment.
This chapter introduces Sean Greenberg, one of my long time colleagues at CRAP...

My 25 Percent Comics - Season 1 - Chapter 6 - Acronyms 101

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Manage Thyself

This time I learn what is the meaning of being self-managed, and why it's loved by managers worldwide.

My 25 Percent Comics - Season 1 - Chapter 5 - Manage Thyself.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Matrix Management

This time, I learn all about matrix management.

My 25 Percent - Season 1 - Chapter 4 - Matrix Management

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

HR Interview

This time, CRAP sends me to an HR interview.

My 25 Percent - Season 1 - Chapter 3 - HR Interview

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Introductory Meeting

In this chapter, I meet my new team leader at CRAP.

My 25 Percent - Season 1 - Chapter 2 - Introductory Meeting

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Welcome to My 25 Percent

Fact: I work 9 hours per day, 45 hours per week.
Fact: There are 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week.
Inevitable Conclusion: I spend about 25 percent of my time at work.

This is the story of my 25 percent. It is the story of a young Israeli software engineer, who one day found himself working in a large German software company.

Before we begin, a long disclaimer: This blog is a work of fiction. My stories are highly exaggarated and twisted, and are (at best) based on a small, tiny, teenie weenie grain of truth. Needless to say, the characters, places, and events appearing in this blog are either products of my imagination or are used fictitiously and preposterously. Any resemblence to actual events or locales or person is purely coincidental.

Now that I cleared myself of any future legal issues :-) , let's get started:

This is My 25 Percent!

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Idan Schneider has published several webcomic series over the past couple of years. When not drawing C-Section Comics, he draws personal cartoons and illustrations and refers to himself in the third person.

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