Monday, 10 June 2013

A Day Here, and There

Some smart guys sat around in 2006, and looked at regulations, man-power, and what it took to accomplish a job.  They eventually devised this method of figuring out what'd it'd take to produce something, and came to this mythical and magical number of 365 days.  You wanted project "X" done....it'd take 365 days to accomplish.

So years have passed, and the smart guys have met again....using the same method, same end-result goal, and reached the new number of days to accomplish: 368.  Three days more, to produce same thing that you produced in 2006.

For decades and centuries, mankind has been on this roll.  We cut things in half.  We managed to move cargo faster.  We built factories to cut production time.  We hired smart folks to run computers better.  We hired analysts to find better products and faster development time.  And now?

I doubt that CEOs will worry about this, and still collect their $2 million dollar bonus for the year.  The CFO?  He'll collect his $1 million dollar bonus for the year.  Newspaper reporters will glance over this, but not see much to report.  Wall Street will view it and shake their head, but there's nothing they can do. Professors might discuss this for ten minutes in a class, but it's not much to tell.  Some engineers might gather at the breakroom and discuss this for twenty minutes with a dozen reasons readily identified, but none will be implemented.

We've added another step....another form....another audit....another inspection....another regulation....another hour....another day.

In the history of mankind, we've never done anything like this.

In three years?  Might we go and add another day or two?  In ten years?  Adding another entire week onto production?

There's something wrong, but it's best we not discuss it too much.

A Curious Resume

This resume of the NSA-leaker, Edward Snowdon.....is a curious thing.

This is a guy who never graduated from high school....picked up a GED, then went to a local community college, but never graduated from it.

He went into the Army for a year or two, but was discharged after some type of training accident.  He gets picked up then as a security guard for NSA up at Fort Meade, Maryland.

A year later, he leaves the security guard job, and becomes a CIA employee, for IT security.

It only takes a year for him to then get picked for a overseas program and work in Switzerland for two years.

He gets negative about that CIA government work, and comes back to the US.....to become a contractor for Dell and later on Booz-Allen.

Over the last year?  He was pulling $200,000 a year working in Hawaii for Booz-Allen.

This reads like some resume that you'd just make up.  Other than being certified or qualified in IT security, there's not much else to this guy.  All from a guy who eight years ago....was a security guard.

Yeah, it has a funny smell to the whole thing.  But on the positive side....it shows that a high-school drop-out....can still make it in life, and pull in $200,000 a year by age thirty.  Only in America.