Rearrangements

So if you follow my twitter feed you’ll see that my company sort of rearranged things (first tweet here). Essentially teams of qa and developers were dissolved, and put into one big pool of “Product Development Resources”. No more team leads, some people had reassignments. Best part of this whole thing was that it was announced, for the first time for the entire team, in an all-hands meeting. That part of it kinda pissed me off. Yeah, I’m treading close to Dooce line here, but I don’t really care at this point. It’s shitty to tell a person (actually several people) that they no longer have the title or role that they’ve had for 2 years or more, and shittier to do it as an entire group. We are now something else, a resource in a pool to be used (or not) at another resources discretion.
I was going to go into some details on the new way of things and how I disagree with various points, but I’ll put it down for now. Skating too close to that line as it is.
What I want to know is: have you experienced something like this? Either a rearrangement of how the dev process goes in a huge way, or told of, essentially, your demotion in front of the entire company? As I asked in my tweet, how would/did that make you feel? How did you handle it?

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Posted on February 27, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. My experiences are different, but I’ll comment on them in case they help in anyway. I’ve been at my current company for over 10 years now. I spent around four of those years in a senior manager role (what others might call the director level). One day, I was told I no longer had that role as it had been eliminated. This was a private conversation, but it still hit me pretty hard. I was being demoted back down to a manager position, because my level of management in QA was being eliminated to flatten the structure out. I went from having 65 reports, with five managers working under me, to having, at the time, nine reports. At first, I was pissed. After a couple of days of thinking, I came to this fork in the road; I could quit, and go somewhere else, I could look elsewhere in the company for anything I could find, or I could use this opportunity to remold myself into something even better. In the end, my change worked out well for me. But context is king/queen.

    I would think, that if I went through what you just did, in the way you just did, and I would be angry as well. I don’t know both sides of the situation, but in almost every case, there is some opportunity to tell the people affected most (e.g., those being demoted out of leadership) first, and in private. In a few days, try to look for any possible glimmer good in all of this. If you sink into a mire of anger and distrust, you will slowly rot and die (hopefully only figuratively). BUT, if you can work this to your advantage somehow, do that. Does this change afford you more time to take on something you’ve been wanting to, or to learn some skill you wish you had had time to learn before?

    I wish you the best. I know the wound is still raw (I’m glad MMTMD is next month or I fear you might hit me with something for saying “keep your chin up”), but once it heals a bit, you should be able to find something good. And if you can’t, NE Ohio is lovely this time of year.

    In this case, ‘lovely’ is French for “rainy, frozen and barren”.

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