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The delivery curse strikes again

Yesterday, when I wrote my posts, I realized that no one was sick. If you followed my blog this spring you might recall that I always complained that on the day of the sprint, someone or perhaps most of the team was very ill. Well, yesterday, everyone was well.

Then, before leaving for daycare. The first e-mail arrived. And then the first SMS. And the next. So, it's going to be a really decimated scale performing today at the demo session. Let's hope that there will be more viewers on their feet.


Anonymous said...

Well, you really can't blame them. They have worked very hard to deliver a product.

What SHOULD happen is that the team should be rewarded a day off after each sprint.

I mean, you live in the EU, it's not like you all work hard like us developers in the USA! :0)

(just kidding, of course)

November 27, 2007 at 6:55 PM  
Anonymous said...

My above comment is very important - your organization needs to reward these guys. Without them, they got NOTHING!

November 27, 2007 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger Peter's mommy said...

Again, very true!

We don't have a day off, but we have a day between the finish of one sprint and the start of the new sprint. And then everyone gets to do what he feels is a good task. That is something of a reward. And then there are the little things, like bringing some snacks when things are ruff and lunch if there is some stress.

I'm also a strong believer in two things:
- if a developer complains about his equipment hindering him: we decide what to do about right away. If the thing costs less than it affect the guy we buy at once.
- toys and gadgets lying around for everyone to play with when they are thinking. Joggling balls, jo-jos, and such.

As you point out, this is not the States and it's not like we have American salaries to offer.

November 28, 2007 at 5:58 PM  
Anonymous Tom said...

"American salaries" - Heck with the value of the EU against the US dollar, all you have to do is pay about HALF of US salaries.

A decent OO/Agile developer over here with about 5 years exp makes about 80-100k. That's not too much.

November 28, 2007 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger Peter's mommy said...

Not too much. That is true. When my husband worked in Austin seven years ago, he had the lowest salary of all. And he got about 130% of a Swedish salary.

And then there are the taxes in Sweden. About 50% of what you earn is cut. And the VAT is 23%. And we do have VAT on the energy tax when you buy petrol. Yes, VAT on tax. That is excellent.

November 28, 2007 at 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Tom said...

Re: Taxes - well I guess you have to pay out the nose to get those great Quality of Life ratings, eh?

November 28, 2007 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Peter's mommy said...

I guess so... and hope so. Well, none of us should probably complain

November 30, 2007 at 10:44 PM  

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