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Is it a cultural problem?

19th Nov 2008 - 09:08pm Daily Scribble
Like many companies outsource to India, my company come to realize outsourcing is not as effective as the business magazine claims. No one can escape from the fundamental law of economics, what you pay is what you get. Yes, going to India seems…

Back to India

4th Oct 2008 - 10:38pm Daily Scribble
I am back in India for two weeks.  I am not very excited, but work is work.  This time I am taking dragon air and make the transfer in Hong Kong.  The new 777 from Air Canada is pretty comfortable, the seat is wider and it has power sockets.  I can keep…

Workload before vacation

1st Aug 2008 - 09:24pm Daily Scribble
It always seems work is extra busy right before you are about to take a long vacation.  I will be away 3 weeks for my wedding and honey moon.  There is only 1 week of work time left before I take off.  Although I have planned the vacation many months…

Ineffective incentive

22nd Jul 2008 - 07:55pm Daily Scribble
Today we have our department quarterly update.  The director flew in town to give us overview of how the department is doing.  My project is the only project in the department, so it has very high profile and no room to fail.  Thanks to the stupid…

Outsourcing delimma

13th Jun 2008 - 10:52pm Daily Scribble
In this project, I am supervising 3 team members in our India office.  This week, I am really disappointed by their lack of productivity.  I have assigned them some tasks for the week and they are very behind in completing the tasks.  It would…

Schedule

20th Jul 2005 - 08:42pm Daily Scribble
The schedule of the project at work is really bad. My part has been slipped for almost 3 weeks already. I suppose to have 1.5 months to verify my block before I take off for vacation. However my work depends on the deliverable from other team members.…

Myth of reuse

11th Jul 2005 - 08:00pm Daily Scribble
In the quarterly design analysis meeting, the manager of a cancelled project blamed the failure partly on the delay in verification. In that project, the verification schedule is underestimate at least by a factor of four. I think his comment…

Layoff

23rd Jun 2005 - 08:34pm Daily Scribble
There is another round of layoff today in the company. We had already lost track of the number of layoff, it maybe the fifth or the sixth round. It is not affecting the Headquarter in Burnaby at all. Over 60 engineers are let go in the Santa Clara…

Talk to the CEO

28th Apr 2005 - 02:17am Daily Scribble
Today during lunch Bob Bailey, the CEO of PMC, sat with our table. I knew this is going to happen when we picked his usual table in the first place. This is the first time I had ever talked to him since I joined the company. He is pretty much up to my expectation,…

legal language

31st Mar 2005 - 02:40am Daily Scribble
Tonight our project team had a team building dinner with the leaders from Saskatoon. The food and beer are great, and most important the expense is covered by PMC. In the dinner, we had talked about how expensive it is to file a patent. It costs…