Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
After revealing yet another quality assurance fiasco, Helga ordered Kinderman to recruit new software testers. In today's episode, Ron takes charge of interviewing the applicants...
LESSON OF THE DAY:
It's been proven scientifically that good looking women have a better chance at getting a job. Research also proves that men behave like idiots in the presence of beautiful women.
Conclusion: If you're surrounded by idiots in your workplace, chances are you're also surrounded by beautiful women!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Helga, the new director of quality assurance, is continuing her reforms aimed at improving quality. Today she's about to discover that the QA situation is far worse than she dared to imagine.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
In the software industry, there is often a trade-off between quality and time to market (or TTM). Highly bureaucratic development processes may increase your product's quality, but will also have serious implications on TTM, as you will find out in today's episode.
Monday, November 16, 2009
What are the consequences of not having a brain? Find out in today's episode...
Monday, November 9, 2009
Helga has successfully implemented the One True Process in CRAP. Now CRAP employees face the consequences.
So is Java truly dead? I'll let you decide:
Is Java Dead? vs. Is Your Brain Dead?
Java is dead (but you'll learn to love it) vs. Only Narrow-Minded Programmers Think That Java is Dead
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
"With each new process comes new bureaucracy." With The One True Process, comes a LOT of new bureaucracy.
And if you had a doubt, Wikipedia's article moderation process is far, far more bureaucratic...
Bureacucratic Control defined
Bureaucratic Control as an Obstacle to Reducing Process
Monday, October 12, 2009
Helga, the new Director of QA, in on a quest to implement The One True Process in Kinderman's development group...
Monday, October 5, 2009
C.R.A.P's software quality is deteriorating rapidly. Herman, the CEO, summons a board meeting and declares a blitzkrieg on software bugs!
To be continued...
Friday, September 25, 2009
We all heard about the five stages of grief as defined by the Kübler-Ross model. Now, My 25 Percent presents the new, revised model describing the eight stages that a software developer goes through when asked to develop a new feature.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
It seems that every day now, terrorists release video messages directed at the American people, in which they threaten to attack the U.S. homeland, or at the least serve rotten Kebab in NJ Middle-Eastern restaurants. The latest tape comes from the most infamous arch-terrorist alive today, Aybeen Nawty Zhbankmi, hiding in a cave somewhere in eastern Whateverstan.
Ok, so maybe charging $180 for a 16GB iPod Nano with a built-in video cam is not a crime against humanity. But it sure as hell stinks as Bin Laden's cave on garbage day...
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Swine flu craze hits the office, and CRAP employees start taking precautions.
My 25 Percent is taking a short mid-season break. See you back in a few weeks!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Another visit to Schwartz Catering, "roach infested since 1990".
Sunday, August 16, 2009
In this episode, Dr. Ruth explains sex to a group of people who barely practice it – software engineers!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Last time I realized that my colleagues and managers treat me like a servant. This time I discover why.
Conclusion: if you walk like a turkey and gobble like a turkey, don't be surprised to find yourself served on Thanksgiving.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Did you ever find yourself sitting in a meeting, wondering what did they bother calling you for? It happens to me all the time. In today's episode, I decide to confront my managers on this issue once and for all.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Today we'll take a glimpse at the development process of the next generation of iPhones. While we're at it, we'll learn why Apple is more successful than other companies our there.
And this is the reason why Apple is so successful.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Featuring Dude, the software architect.
Actually, only good software architects are like condoms. The bad ones are more like Viagra: they just make it damn hard…
Monday, July 13, 2009
I was sitting at the computer, programming leisurely, when suddenly...
And this is how I learned that proactivity, when taken to the extreme, can easily turn into hyperactivity.
Be Proactive - Stephen R. Covey's most important habit.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Anyway, while it's a cool way of making money, I do remind you that intellectual property theft is probably illegal in your country, and it's most certainly frowned upon by the community. Unless you live in China, there it's considered common practice.
On a completely different note, you probably noticed this week's episode was published as a strip (as opposed to a full comic page). I'll most likely continue doing strips, pages, and even double and triple pagers, but I'll be happy to hear from you – do you prefer reading your comics as strips, pages, or do you not really care? Leave me a comment!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
You know them, they're in every office: they are super lazy employees who invest all their energy in making sure they do nothing. They are the masters of deflection, lords of delegation, and they're never at the office after five.
As you would have expected, CRAP has its own specimen of these marvelous species. Meet Fred, the office sloth!
Oh, by the way, you've just finished reading the premiere of the 3rd season of My 25 Percent... Yippee!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
In the season premiere, Benjamin came up with an ingenious plan: Instead of laying off employees, CRAP would make them leave voluntarily by turning the working environment into a living hell. Six months later, Benjamin returns to Germany to present the outcomes of this plan, in the season finale of "My 25 Percent".
This chapter (which by the way is the 50th chapter of My 25 Percent, Woohoo!), ends the second season of My 25 Percent. We're taking a short break, and we'll be back in a few weeks with new strips, fresh from the oven! In the meanwhile, feel free to check our archives, or keep yourself updated through our Facebook group.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Some companies, being unable to pay maintenance costs for their company car fleet, force their employees to downgrade their company car. Other companies come up with even more creative solutions …
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Last time, Benjamin and Kinderman decided to disguise themselves as Americans and go to Washington to beg for a governmental bailout loan. Will they be able to convince congress to lend billions of dollars to a sinking ship?
Congressman Gary Ackerman gives corporations a hard time.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
At school they taught you that when money runs out, you close shop. But the latest economic crisis has taught us all that life is much simpler than that – especially if you have a rich uncle you can borrow money from. And like all loving uncles, Uncle Sam is happily lending millions and billions and trillions of dollars to anyone who asks, no matter how miserable their financial credibility is.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
In spite of the financial crisis, many companies still reward their employees with bonuses in recognition of their achievements, or lack thereof. How will CRAP employees react when they get their bonuses?
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The global economic crisis is causing many businesses to switch to a four day work week in order to reduce costs and avoid layoffs. How will CRAP employees react to the latest corporate decision? Find out in this episode of "My 25 Percent".
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Influenced by the ongoing global economic crisis, the job market is becoming more and more stagnant. New employees hoping to find a new job must agree to work for ridiculously low wages, and this seriously affects the motivation of workers, as you'll soon find out in this episode of "My 25 Percent"...
Sunday, March 15, 2009
This time, the recruiter at the employment agency offers me an interesting job opportunity…
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Many people who get laid off soon discover that the worst is yet to come. Finding a new job is no picnic, especially having to deal with the slave traders-, sorry, the “recruiters”, down at the employment agency.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
When cash runs out and the company can't pay its debts, banks and other creditors exercise their right to collect their money in all means necessary.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
When layoffs are just around the corner, some employees would do anything in order to keep their jobs. You may know them as "suckups".
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
The effects of the financial crisis include such horrible things as hiring freezes, layoffs, budget cuts and suicides. But the thing CRAP employees have dreaded the most is finally here – Schwartz Catering!