Links: 02/20/15

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February 20, 2015

Right, so the day job is making me pull my hair out right now (SAP implementation gone pear-shaped, lolsob), so here’s some links.

Have a delightfully 80’s video.  With dinosaurs.

Hoodoo Gurus – I Want You Back by soulpatrol

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  1. Beth

    I love how Matthew Foster reverses the old “if you want stories with more X, write them yourself.”

    • Natalie Luhrs

      @Beth: Yes! 😀

  2. TrishB

    No comment on the links yet, as I haven’t read that far. Is there any SAP implementation at any corp that hasn’t gone pear-shaped? I think that could make for fascinating spec fic. Or not, as the case may be, perhaps just deadly dull and full with finger pointing.

    • Natalie Luhrs

      @Trish: Point. This one has, perhaps, gone pear-ier than usual due to some epicly terrible leadership in my particular workstream.

  3. TrishB

    Heh, yeah. Was once in a ONE year implementation project in charge of the payroll modules, which actually had ties to every flipping piece of the company’s business, most of which nobody in the company knew existed prior to said project. How do you get a LAN id? Dunno, just happens. (Magic happens to be done by an admin using a 20 yr old DOS based app who got an email from HR and passed it back to HR, fed to other systems via email, etc. etc, ad infinitum.) That LAN id then kicked off everything from PeopleSoft to Exchange account creation, etc. This was at a large Fortune MumbleCrapNumber company – doing outsourced IT support.

    Let’s just say that throwing more PMs at the problem didn’t help. Lean Six Sigma didn’t help because it was too F’ing late to fix the process and keep that deadline.
    Oh, and it was PMs all the way down, passing the buck at each and every turn. Don’t ask me about the time I got an expense report denied because I went over the per diem for food because I had to sleep at the f’ing airport. Guess what, keeping enough Starbucks lattes in you to stay awake and sugared still costs less than a hotel room!
    Er, no I’m not bitter. No, not at all.

    Signed PMP, LSSBB, ITIL, MSCD, and stuff

    • Natalie Luhrs

      @TrishB: You know the adage that you can have two of the followingthree: fast, cheap, good? Guess what they picked? I’m in PS, which pulls data from RTP, FI, and PM and requires a strong advocate with those groups and, well, we didn’t have one. Was on a call a couple weeks ago where the man leading up our workstream blamed the end users for not making sure that everyone had access to the new system at go-live when he literally refused to help anyone get access to the system. All I can think is that thank God we’re basically moving from one SAP box to another so we at least KNOW what isn’t working and what is incorrect in the data loads so we know what needs to be fixed.

  4. TrishB

    Natalie, I do want to apologize for my rant in the previous comment. Sorry to abuse your time and your place. Please delete if you find it necessary.

  5. I_Sell_Books

    The link to Kameron Hurley’s article should have a trigger warning for Will Shetterly’s comments. Heh.


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