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Tue, Aug. 28th, 2007, 08:56 pm
OT / Schedule

I guess the project is behind schedule and over budget. They are pushing for us to work more hours and charge the company less time. We've pretty much got to charge someone 40 hours per week(or take vacation). The head dude suggested producing 44 hours of work and charging 40 hours of time would be a good start. The problem is that right now, we produce less than 40 hours of work and charge 40 hours of time.

The metric is really messed up. We are supposed to produce between 1.4 and 2.5 lines of code per hour. That is so pitifully small I'm just flabbergasted that we aren't really doing it. Some of that time is figuring out what to do, reading requirements, etc. Still. What the heck are people doing? My tasks are 3 months ahead of schedule. Each task is about 1 month's worth of work. The task I'm working on starts in early November and ends in late November. Obviously I'm ahead of schedule. Everyone else, it seems, is way behind.

*sigh* As one of the managers, who is in charge of a group that works, says, "My side of the ship isn't sinking."

Wed, Aug. 29th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
toast14

And the line above is where I have issues with the company's definitions of "all time must be accounted for" versus "casual overtime".

Have I mentioned yet that I'm glad to have transferred out of IDS? :)

Wed, Aug. 29th, 2007 10:37 am (UTC)
lawful_evil

Several SI Leads suggested that on government contracts you had to report all time spent working on the contract. The problem is that there isn't a way to report the time spent without asking to be paid for it. The Leads were refusing to pass along the message that people should begin working OT without getting paid for it. They felt it was illegal.

The head dude kept using a quote, 'You are professionals, not hourly employees...' Based on the timecard system, I'm not sure that is true.

Wed, Aug. 29th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): I'm going to go ahead and ask you...

This is where the dreaded TPS reports come into play...

Wed, Aug. 29th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
pfloyd: Re: I'm going to go ahead and ask you...

Dammit... was logged out of LJ when I said that...

Wed, Aug. 29th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
lawful_evil: Re: I'm going to go ahead and ask you...

I don't know about that...

We have an EV spreadsheet(earned value). We have tracking books for CPI and SPI and such(cost performance index and schedule performance index).

They whole point of the 'pep' talk was to get us back on track so that more government officials don't start the really intense scrutiny. If that starts we'll probably really lose productivity as we will spend a lot more time tracking our progress and in meetings explaining stuff.

Thu, Aug. 30th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
pfloyd: Re: I'm going to go ahead and ask you...

TPS reports... you've never seen Office Space then, have you? Damned funny movie. Right up our alley. Sort of the unofficial movie of our group here.

Thu, Aug. 30th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
lawful_evil: Re: I'm going to go ahead and ask you...

Yeah, I've seen it, I just don't recall what TPS stood for.

Thu, Aug. 30th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
pfloyd: Re: I'm going to go ahead and ask you...

They never said... I've heard many possibilities, though --


(from Wikipedia)
TPS report became a term to describe any mindless paperwork after its use in the comedy film Office Space, which followed three software engineers who were fed up with their jobs. The main character is reminded several times by several different people that he had forgotten to put the new cover sheet on his TPS report, which is now standard practice according to a recent memo. The explanation that "we're putting new cover sheets on all of our TPS reports now before they go out" is usually followed by "didn't you get the memo?"

TPS Reports in the movie were probably Test Procedure Specification Reports, but in the popular context, "TPS" has become a backronym for "Totally Pointless Stuff", "Total Piece of Shit," "This Place Sucks", "Totally Pointless Shit", "This Project Sucks", "Time-Pass Stuff", "The Paper Shredder" or "Toilet Paper Sheets".

Wed, Aug. 29th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
toast14

At least your leads have ethics. That other individual -- not so sure about. In fact, I'd almost be tempted to call the ethics line.

Wed, Aug. 29th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
lawful_evil

Perhaps... The stupid ethics training never covers this kind of thing. I've asked around and at least one or two of the SI leads rolled out the OT plan. From what I hear they used the same vague terminology the top dude did in the meeting.

In the past, when UEWR did this kind of crap, I asked my manager how to charge the time. Strictly for historical performance reasons and planning, I suggested that the company would need to know exactly how many hours, etc that people are really spending.

I was told that... 'they know' and that I should just put down the 40 hours. "They" would somehow know I was working for more.