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September 22, 2008 -- Door Number Three
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Hmm.. very thoughtful, though I can't bear the risk of being fired. Instead, I fire my bosses by working efficiently right up to the time I inform them that I have gotten a new offer, and that they have been dumb all along during the exit interview.

It's a shame, but I have a family to think of. I can't afford to be an out and out rabble rouser. Health coverage is too expensive to purchase individually, and it takes pretty long to find a job (I've been looking for the next opportunity to fire my boss for quite a few months now. I'm close, but it's gonna be a few more).

Geekoid | Oct 08, 2008 | 6:39PM

You've confused Open Source with Agile Methodologies. "Early proof of concept, early release, and frequent releases" is Agile. Open Source is, well, open source. Check out for an explanation. They can and are used together, but are not the same thing.

Corba the Geek | Oct 17, 2008 | 3:21AM

Gekkoid should be careful.

One exit interview I had after an internal transfer meant that my bonus for the year up to that month wasn't transfered. It was for everyone else who moved between those two divisions. Bang went the equivalent of a month's salary

Another time I turned down a job with a poorly written letter. 10 years later I had an interview that I had got via a headhunter called off early the same morning. It turned out the boss was the same one that I had turned down with that letter. The two job locations were about 500 miles apart ...

MikeW | Oct 21, 2008 | 7:57AM

Bob, I don't want to get all sappy on you, but I can't thank you enough for this article. I've been fired twice. Both experiences were, though I tried to shake it off, traumatic. Years later self doubt and bitterness linger, despite knowing that I served my employers well. For the time, I've settled at jaded and swapped my former $90k office job for $10/hr. manual labor.

But your article reminds me that some of those who excel at climbing the ladder may also be those who find threat with, if I may, people like us. Knowing that someone of your caliber has experienced what I have puts some wind back in my sails. I can only hope that somewhere in all these frogs there is a prince or two among the employers of the world. -Thank you.

Once Bitten | Oct 30, 2008 | 3:14AM

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