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Tuesday, November 18, 2003

I'm having one of those days at Stanford. You know the kind - where it seems like mediocrity gets the highest reward. People who excel around here don't get steady work. Those that limp along but play politics adequately continue to have a job. I was very sad to find out that a former coworker is not in a continuing position as I believed, but instead is facing a layoff in March. Meanwhile, another coworker who I found to be mediocre at best got one of the ongoing positions. Then I got the announcement that we're probably going to have to shift the way we're implementing workflow because no one wants to be bothered to learn MQ Series. So, even though PeopleSoft Workflow doesn't really meet the needs, we're going to be asked to use that anyway because the support staff already uses PeopleSoft and knows it for other things. And then there's the new portal project (to replace My.stanford.edu, which as supposed to become the portal using Sundial, which was supposed to replace the SUPAD portal, and a whole host of other silly portal projects that never really went anywhere). It's going to be a PeopleSoft portal. And now instead of using the Worklist Manager for a central to-do list, we're going to use the PeopleSoft portal as the central to-do list. It doesn't do it as well, but it's PeopleSoft, and we already have folks who can support PeopleSoft. And besides, then we can just outsouce it to Wipro and have the work done cheaper in India. Then there's the issue that the HRIS Director has decided that we should use web forms instead of having the users enter data directly into PeopleSoft. So we've been tasked with creating a shadow system for all HR transactions using web forms that the distributed users enter their transactions into, then a central HR person will take that information and enter it into PeopleSoft. This is because the users are making mistakes and web forms will fix the problem. Or so it is believed. I have a desperately hard time imagining that fixing anything. But rather than fix the problem of the users carelessness in data entry, we'll make it so that the data gets typed in to one system, printed out, and typed into another system all over again. Clearly that should fix the problem.

I am now officially bitter about life at Stanford. Just for an hour or so. Gonna go have lunch with Jo-Ann. Then I'll get back into it and see how I can make this mess better. Just keep swimming.

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