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Ok.

So, I've been getting further and further involved in this high-priority project at work... and I'm not sure it's what my management would want if they were paying closer attention. My development tasks are suffering because of it, and I'm working long hours because of it... But I can't turn down the people asking for the help, knowing what's behind their request, and what depends on it.

But management doesn't have me "allocated" for this work this month, and in theory no one is allocated for the task, and the fact I'm helping with it is pushing against the fact that they need someone to do it for real. And in the meantime, the other tasks I have to be doing are falling behind, despite officially being my priority for the month.

Maybe I should talk to my manager in the morning, if she's in; see if she thinks I'm doing good here, or getting too distracted from my "real" work.

The added complication from my point of view is that I've dropped a hint or two that if they needed me to do the job for real, I'd be open to being hired for it, by IBM, as a real employee... as a contractor the long hours turn into comp time, but that's comp time that comes from other projects... have I been using my flexibility at my job to campaign for a better position with a different department? If so, how do I make this right? I mean, that's pretty bad.

Ugh. What have I done?

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jetgrrl01
Mar. 31st, 2004 04:52 am (UTC)
I can't speak to the campaigning for other jobs thing, but you should definitely talk to your boss about what your priority is. At least to give her notice that you've not been working on the thing she thought you were.

Good luck!
navrins
Mar. 31st, 2004 06:52 am (UTC)
You can spin this as taking the initiative to get involved and do what needs to be done, even though it goes beyond your official responsibilities. Rumor has it bosses are supposed to like that.
crs
Mar. 31st, 2004 06:55 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, that's the way it was supposed to go, and the way I was feeling all month, but I just realized there's an entirely different viewpoint to look at it, from the view of the manager who counts tasks in "PMs" (person-months) and the such... the manager who's looking at a deadline that's about to slip, yet again.

On the other hand, I spent about half the month working on that project in a way that didn't actually move it forward, not due to this other work, but because of lack of real understanding of how this thing should be happening. So it's not just the other priorities that are making this slip. Good to remember.

I don't know. I just want to feel Right again, and no part of my life is giving me that... the feeling of having just done something absolutely correctly.
ghudson
Mar. 31st, 2004 01:17 pm (UTC)
The next time you are asked for help on the high-priority project, consider saying "you'll have to go through my manager for that."
crs
Mar. 31st, 2004 01:43 pm (UTC)
That's the "cold turkey" version of what I'm doing now...

...though it doesn't help that a new bug popped up in my code, triggered by changes to someone else's code. So now I get to keep doing this, so that the workaround can happen. But there's really nothing objectionable about that at all.
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