Thursday, December 18, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
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…
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
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.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
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.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
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.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
For the 25th episode of "My 25 Percent" we present: A dark story of horror and drama…
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!
Friday, September 26, 2008
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...
Thursday, September 18, 2008
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..
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
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...
Previous Chapters of "Influence without Authority":
Thursday, September 4, 2008
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.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
This time I learn all about exerting influence without authority.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
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.
"Bored Meetings" (an article published by The Guardian)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
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.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
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…
I'd like to thank my friend Inbal for the inspiration...
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
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...
(Claiming my blog @ Technorati)
Thursday, July 31, 2008
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.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
This time I learn how sometimes big companies show their appreciation to their employees in just the wrong way.
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.
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!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
This time I learn all about the bureaucracy of large software corporations, and how it can stifle the creativeness and initiatives of employees.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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…
Friday, July 11, 2008
This time an important manager from Germany arrives to the CRAP development center in Israel...
Saturday, July 5, 2008
This time I learn how easily the morale of employees can be manipulated.
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.
Monday, June 30, 2008
This time I learn all about delegating responsibility, a useful management technique to be used in dire times.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
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!