In case you've ever wondered how your boss (or, more likely, boss' boss) made it through the ranks, Goff explains:
In 1999 or so I was working at a fairly large consumer software company. It was before the crash so good help was in short supply. As a result we ended up with some real winners. This one guy somehow convinced a VP and HR that he was a hotshot senior Java developer that wanted to transition into the project management side of the world.
I flipped the bozo bit on this guy after two weeks of dealing with him. Anything involving him would also involve a huge waste of time and effort and nothing would get accomplished. Somehow no one else had figured this out, so everybody just thought I was being overly critical of the guy.
My vindication came when we were in a meeting trying to figure out how to make a Delphi- SQL 7.0 e-commerce system in Iowa talk to a JD Edwards AS/400 backend system in Massachusetts for real-time inventory data and sales tax figures. This guy listened to us discuss the complexities of making these two highly disparate systems talk to each other in a meaningful and efficient way. He wanted to contribute his expertise so he waited for the perfect time to jump in with his $.02.
Things went downhill from there. He discovered how to schedule meetings in Outlook and was then able to waste many peoples time simultaneously with a minimum of effort on his part. It was about that time I wrote a rule in Outlook to delete any email from him.
In a fitting end to his career with our company, he quit 2 days before he was going to be laid off with severance. Ironically he left to work for a company called Brightware.