• Subject: What's going on here?
  • From: HankHeath@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 19:22:18 -0400 (EDT)

In the past few years, I've been able to make a chunk of money in one aspect
of our consulting practice - cleaning up the mess left by employees at a site
where they made problems, and moved on. You know the type. They take all the
training. They write stuff on the fly. No documentation. No change control.
They are the only ones who can fix the stuff, and all hell breaks out when
they move on to a place that pays them more to do even more damage. 

This isn't bad enough. I just discovered that two of these individuals - the
worst offenders in my opinion - just found new employment. At IBM. 

At first I was horrified. Does IBM not check work histories any more? Are
they scraping the bottom of the barrel just to get back bodies to replace all
that talent they lost during the downsizing? What's to become of the
customers that these guys service? I foresaw multiple catastrophes at
multiple locations.

And then I relaxed. I mean, there is a bright side to this. All I have to do
is find out where they have been, wait a while, and offer my services to
clean up their messes. After all, I am now an expert on how they screw things
up. Should be a very interesting time.

Hank Heath
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