Subject Re: [ib-support] Off Topic, work situation
Author Nico Callewaert
Thanks Set

----- Original Message -----
From: Svein Erling Tysvær <svein.erling.tysvaer@...>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2001 1:43 PM
Subject: Re: [ib-support] Off Topic, work situation

> Hi Nico,
> sorry to hear about your work situation.
> I guess your system is some kind of accounting system, and that your
> is going to be a user. As such, he probably knows a lot from a user
> perspective, but as you say nothing from a developer perspective. So, try
> to listen to him when discussing things relevant for the end users - and
> avoid talking to him about what's underneath the surface (e.g. if he wants
> unbroken, sequential numbering, you give him one - and don't tell him
> the generator for the primary key he doesn't even know exists). Hopefully
> he doesn't care how things are implemented as long as he gets what he
> If he still insists on implementing things a certain way and he really is
> your boss, tell him why it is a bad idea and why yours is better. If he
> still insists - implement it the way he wants to and let him see the
> of his persistence. If he blames you, show him how it was his design that
> made the whole thing go wrong (and make sure that you warned him enough in
> advance for him to remember).
> Of course, he could insist on something that really is
> impossible/infeasible. If so, tell him that or explain the problem and ask
> at this or other newsgroups if it can be done. He may not listen to you
> alone, but if you tell him that you asked 456 persons and nobody knew how
> to do it (just checked that there's 457 persons subscribing to ib-support)
> - he should understand that it is rather difficult!
> Of course, you may follow the other peoples advice to quit (and there
> should be plenty of jobs out there) - but quitting should be the last
> option to try (it only changes the problem - if your boss is the only
> problem your successor will inherit him, if it is partly with you the same
> problems will eventually arise at a new job).
> Good luck whatever you choose to do,
> Set
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