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  • Rules of Holes #7: Some Will Look Down on You.

    I've been extoling the Rules of Holes, hoping to give you both courage to get out of your Hole, and solace for having allowed yourself to get in a Hole in the first place. How about the others, the folks that see that you are up to your neck, the folks that could guide you out, the folks that are secretly glad that it is you down in the Hole ...
    Posted to Arnie Rowland (Weblog) by ArnieRowland on November 30, 2012
  • Rules of Holes #6: Don't Draw Others Into the Hole with You

    In the Fifth Rules of Holes, you were encouraged to seek help from others in order to extricate youself from the Hole. And it should have been clear in that Rule that you want to seek out those that can actually help you. Not everyone, or just anyone, will be able to help you get out of a Hole. Hopefully, you have a mentor, or will take the ...
    Posted to Arnie Rowland (Weblog) by ArnieRowland on November 20, 2012
  • Rules of Holes #5: Seek Help to Get Out of the Hole

    You are moving along, doing good work, maintaining a steady pace. All seems to be going well for you. Then BAM!, a Hole just grabbed you. How the heck did that happen? What went wrong? How did you fall into a Hole? Definitely, you will want to do a post-mortem and try to tease out what misteps led you into the Hole. Certainly you will want to use ...
    Posted to Arnie Rowland (Weblog) by ArnieRowland on November 19, 2012
  • Rules of Holes #4: Do You Have the BIG Picture?

    Some folks decry the concept of being in a 'Hole'. For them, there is no such thing as 'Technical Debt', no such thing as maintaining weak and wobbly legacy code, no such thing as bad designs, no such thing as under-skilled or poorly performing co-workers, no such thing as 'fighting fires', or no such thing as management that doesn't ...
    Posted to Arnie Rowland (Weblog) by ArnieRowland on November 16, 2012
  • Rules of Holes #3: A Better Shovel is NOT the Answer!

    You stopped digging. You looked around and saw that you were still in the Hole. You needed to get out. AHA! Problem solved, you thought. You'll just get a better and more efficient shovel!I regret to tell you that the Third Rule of Holes applies: Switching to a more efficient shovel is unlikely to help you get out of the Hole. ...
    Posted to Arnie Rowland (Weblog) by ArnieRowland on November 14, 2012
  • Rules of Holes #2: You Are Still in a Hole

    OK. So you followed the First Rule of Holes -you stopped digging yourself in deeper. But now what? You are still in a Hole. Your situation has not changed much, but at least you are no longer making it worse. You need to redirect the digging effort into escape and avoidance efforts. The Hole has a singular purpose -consuming all of your ...
    Posted to Arnie Rowland (Weblog) by ArnieRowland on November 13, 2012
  • Rules of Holes #1: Stop Digging

    You may have heard of the 'First Rule of Holes'. It goes something like this: ''When you suspect you might be in a hole, stop digging.'' That seems like obvious, and good advice, but what does it really mean? How does the Rule of Holes apply to you? How does it apply to your job? When things are not going right, stop doing the ...
    Posted to Arnie Rowland (Weblog) by ArnieRowland on November 12, 2012
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