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Testers, beware of managers saying nice doggie

Submitted by Cicero » Sun 26-Feb-2012, 12:39

Subject Area: Testing

Keywords: diplomat

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I was unit testing some software on the test floor the other day when I started receiving visits from people Tom Clancy calls "management pukes". Men in suits. They were uttering diplomatic silver tongued phrases like, "how's the testing ... going forward ... really value your input ... just like you to know you are on the critical path right now ... anything we can do to help just let us know".
I'd never met most of these guys before and suddenly they're vitally interested in my welfare?
A bit suspicious if you ask me. What's going to happen when I am off the critical path. I guess they'll go back to ignoring me in the hallway. This reminds me of my collection of diplomat jokes.

The definition of diplomacy is saying 'Nice doggie, nice doggie' until you can find a stick. - Will Rodgers

A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell and have you quite looking forward to the trip. - Caskie Stinnet

A diplomat is a person who can work effectively with someone they despise. - Anon

Anyway I got paranoid about the stick and figured out a way to stop them interrupting me. Every morning I send them a spreadsheet with a progress report. That did it! These guys love paperwork.


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