• Subject: Re: Legacy code. Was:Dates
  • From: "Kahn, David" <KAHN@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Sep 1997 08:59:00 +0600

Dean Asmussen (DAsmussen@aol.com) wrote:

>>  1. Who pays you to learn new stuff (as opposed to writing
>>      deliverable product?)
>       <snip>
>>  2. Who pays for your learning curve as you come up to speed
>>      with new techniques?
>YOUR COMPANY!!!  Doggone it, can you not see that a Synon-Certified employee
>can bring in $10-50/hour more than a traditional RPG programmer?  Education
>pays for itself!

What do we really mean by "pays for itself"? I think it's an illusion to
think that anyone else but the client ultimately pays. You may not be
able to bill the client directly (although I have known contractors to
make this arrangement), but you or your company must more than recoup
the costs from your clients through future billings which will be
greater than they would have been without the education (they might even
have fallen to zero without it). If you don't recoup the costs, then
that particular course was a bad business decision.

Rent, heat, light, food, clothes: all paid for by clients.

Dave Kahn - TCO, Tengiz, Kazakstan

e-mail:  kahn@tengizchevroil.com    (until September 30th)
         dkahn@cix.compulink.co.uk  (from  October 1st)
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