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Managin’ Softwa’e in the Corporate World

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

I put together a 16-panel comic to print out for my cubicle wall at work. I realized it can easily be split into four four-panel comics. They each stand up on their own, excepting that you need to read them in order for the later ones to make sense (as they build on one another).

Managin' Softwa'e in the Corporate World Part 1

Ayumu’s having trouble grasping even the a simple concept a manager has to deal with… My manager does much better with all the software requests I have that would make life easier. One of these days I’ll finally have software revision control, I’m certain of it. Maybe in five to 15 years.

Managin' Softwa'e in the Corporate World Part 2

It was difficult to fit in the space available, but the idea is that the programmer has suggested two programs: one expensive, one free. The manager has to choose between the two. (Often "neither" will be the response to many programmers, I’m sure.)

I didn’t intend for it to be this way, but it looks like Ayumu’s having trouble understanding accountability in case of software problems, so she goes back to what she can understand: something being too expensive.

This comics was prompted by PGP being really expensive. We need it on four computers at work, but it’s only on one due to the price. I need to figure out how to get it so GPG can be installed on the other three (or maybe all four, to save some money by no longer needing the one license?)

Managin' Softwa'e in the Corporate World Part 3

Although I didn’t plan it this way, it seems this is much too complex for Ayumu, so she returns to the easiest part of it. The box.

Managin' Softwa'e in the Corporate World Part 4

Hopefully a few people enjoyed this four-part series as much as I do. Knowing Ayumu’s personality probably makes this at least twice as funny. Having tried to get software approved at work falls in line with what I think Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) has said about his comics being funny because they’re something people in the office can relate to. If he didn’t say it, well, it’s true nonetheless.