Dealing with Unaccountable Developers
Feb 17, 2010, 00:03 (11 Talkback[s])
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""Not a problem."
"DÃ©jÃ vu. It was the same response to
a different request. Looking back on it, I
canâ€™t believe I didnâ€™t see
"John was an above average developer on my team. He was the type
of guy who everyone liked to be around. He was totally easy going
and had great sense of humor. But John was not accountable.
"As a manager, it is much easier to implement consequences for a
bad job if the person responsible is someone that
isnâ€™t such a nice person.
"I know. It shouldnâ€™t make a difference.
"Itâ€™s the managerâ€™s job
to treat everyone fairly. In my experience, this
isnâ€™t usually the case.
Itâ€™s just more palatable to punish someone who
is a jerk.
"John was not a jerk. Not even close. And his code deliverables
were all well tested and conformed to standards. His code worked as
"The problem wasnâ€™t the quality of his work;
it was that he was consistently late with his deliverables. And I
am here to say that John was an expert at finding excuses."
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