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Friday, December 25, 2009

Employee Feedback

It's that wonderful time of the year again. Christmas, New Year's Eve, and subordinate feedback review sessions!
My 25 Percent - Season 3 - Episode 22 - Employee Feedback
Asking "what am I doing right" would have resulted in a Null Pointer Exception…

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Job Interview

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...
My 25 Percent - Season 3 - Episode 21 - The Job Interview

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!


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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Who Needs QA?

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.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Time to Market

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.
My 25 Percent - Season 3 - Episode 19 - Time to Market

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Monday, November 16, 2009

The Seven Effects of Not Having a Brain

What are the consequences of not having a brain? Find out in today's episode...
My 25 Percent Comic - Season 3 - Episode 18 - The Seven Effects of Not Having a Brain

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Monday, November 9, 2009

No Brainer

Helga has successfully implemented the One True Process in CRAP. Now CRAP employees face the consequences.
My 25 Percent - Season 3 - Episode 17 - No Brainer


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

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Process Is Good

In previous episodes, Helga was re-instated as the new Director of QA, with the purpose of implementing The One True Process in the development group. Today, the propaganda begins.
My 25 Percent - Season 3 - Episode 16 - The Process is Good

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Bureaucratic Control

"With each new process comes new bureaucracy." With The One True Process, comes a LOT of new bureaucracy.
My 25 Percent - Season 3 - Episode 15 - Bureaucratic Control
And if you had a doubt, Wikipedia's article moderation process is far, far more bureaucratic...

Further reading:
Bureacucratic Control defined
Bureaucratic Control as an Obstacle to Reducing Process

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Monday, October 12, 2009

100% Compliance

Helga, the new Director of QA, in on a quest to implement The One True Process in Kinderman's development group...
My 25 Percent - Season 3 - Episode 14 - 100% Compliance

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Monday, October 5, 2009

The New Director of Quality Assurance

C.R.A.P's software quality is deteriorating rapidly. Herman, the CEO, summons a board meeting and declares a blitzkrieg on software bugs!
My 25 Percent Season 3 Episode 11 - The New Director of Quality Assurance
My 25 Percent Season 3 Episode 11 - The New Director of Quality Assurance
To be continued...

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Friday, September 25, 2009

The Eight Stages of Programming a New Feature

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.
My 25 Percent Comic - Season 3 - The Eight Stages of Programming a New Feature

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Terrorist Video

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.
My 25 Percent Season 3 Episode 11 - The Terrorist Video
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...

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Swine Flu

Swine flu craze hits the office, and CRAP employees start taking precautions.
My 25 Percent - Season 3 - Episode 10 - Swine Flu
My 25 Percent is taking a short mid-season break. See you back in a few weeks!

Yours Truly


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Sunday, August 23, 2009

One Day at The Cafeteria

Another visit to Schwartz Catering, "roach infested since 1990".
My 25 Percent Comics - Season 3 - Episode 9 - One day at the cafeteria

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sex Ed for Software Engineers (Using Software Development Methodologies)

In this episode, Dr. Ruth explains sex to a group of people who barely practice it – software engineers!
My 25 Percent - Season 3 - Episode 8 - Sex Ed for Software Engineers

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Servant

Last time I realized that my colleagues and managers treat me like a servant. This time I discover why.
My 25 Percent - Season 3 - Chapter 7 - The Servant
Conclusion: if you walk like a turkey and gobble like a turkey, don't be surprised to find yourself served on Thanksgiving.

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Useless Participant

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.
My 25 Percent - Season 3 - Episode 6 - The Useless Participant

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

The iPhone 4G (or why Apple is so successful)

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.

My 25 Percent - Season 3 - The iPhone 4G

And this is the reason why Apple is so successful.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Software Architects Are Like Condoms

Featuring Dude, the software architect.
My 25 Percent - Season 3 - Episode 4 - Software Architects are like condoms
Actually, only good software architects are like condoms. The bad ones are more like Viagra: they just make it damn hard…

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Monday, July 13, 2009

One Day at The Office

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.

Further reading:
Be Proactive - Stephen R. Covey's most important habit.

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Trade Secrets

Featuring Dan the frustrated programmer and Fred the Office Sloth...

My 25 Percent - Season 3 - Episode 2 - IP Theft

When I started working for CRAP they made me sign an NDA, or "Non Disclosure Agreement", since they were dreaded of the possibility that I'll sell trade secrets to the company's business competitors. I think asking me to sign an NDA was totally pointless, for two reasons: The first, I consider the act of selling trade secrets as a shameful betrayal of the trust placed in me; The second, no one in their right mind would ever consider paying me for the useless crap that I know.

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!

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Office Sloth

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!
My 25 Percent - Season 3 - The Office Sloth - Page 1 of 2
My 25 Percent - Season 3 - The Office Sloth - Page 2 of 2

Oh, by the way, you've just finished reading the premiere of the 3rd season of My 25 Percent... Yippee!

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Keep Your Friends Close

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".



My 25 Percent - Season 2 Chapter 25 - Keep your friends close



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.



Seeya soon!



Yours Truly.



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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Horse Power

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 …

S2C24 - Horse Power

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Government Aid (Part Two)

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?


S2C23 - Government Aid (Part 2)

Further Reading:


Big three auto CEOs flew luxurious private jets to ask for taxpayer money. (@ABC News)


Congressman Gary Ackerman gives corporations a hard time.



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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Government Aid (Part One)

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.

S2C22 - Government Aid - (Part 1)

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bonus Question

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?

S2C21 - Bonus Question

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Four Day Work Week

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".

S2C20 - Four Day Work Week

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Minimum Wage

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"...S2C19 - Minimum Wage

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Employment Agency (Part two)

Last time, I learned all about the pains of returning to the job market.

This time, the recruiter at the employment agency offers me an interesting job opportunity…

S2C18 - The Employment Agency (Part 2)

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Employment Agency

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.

S2C17-The Employment Agency

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Repossessions

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.

S2C16 - Repossessions

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Offshoring

The latest global financial crisis encourages many companies to outsource and offshore more and more jobs to countries with lower labor costs. Now CRAP employees learn this fact - the hard way.

S2C15 - Offshoring

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Environmental CRAP

Large international software corporates often like to portray themselves as "Green" and "Environmentally friendly"… but are their motives really pure?
S2C14 - Environmental CRAP

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Suckup

When layoffs are just around the corner, some employees would do anything in order to keep their jobs. You may know them as "suckups".
S2C13 -The Suckup

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

A Hard Choice

Deciding on layoffs is never easy. When the CRAP management board is presented with the choice of making personnel cuts, they face a hard dilemma - who should pay the price of the company's failures?
S2C12 - A Hard Choice

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Layoff Wave

When CRAP employees hear the news about the expected layoffs in some of the leading software companies out there, they start to wonder: Could they be next in line?

S2C11 - The Layoff Wave

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

May the Schwartz Be With You! (Part Two)

This time I learn all about the history of Schwartz Catering, "serving high cholesterol foods since 1990"...My 25 Percent - Season 2 - Chapter 10 - May The Schwartz Be With You - Part 2

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

May the Schwartz Be With You! (Part One)

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!My 25 Percent - Season 2 - Chapter 9 - May the Schwartz Be With You

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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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