Cube Farm by Bill Blunden

By Bill Blunden

Truth is usually stranger than fiction, specifically in terms of the place of work. In Cube Farm, author Bill Blunden recounts his 3 years in Minnesota acting examine and improvement for Lawson software program. Riddled with intrigue, duplicity and collusion, this tale deals a trench-level view of a firm within the throes of inner competition, and being affected by a string of failed initiatives.

If you've ever suffered by the hands of an incompetent supervisor, or toiled in a dysfunctional atmosphere, then this hilarious account will attract you. Cube Farm provides "lessons realized" sections on the finish of every bankruptcy, which delve into the fundamentals of company self defense.

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He left me to fend for myself, like some crack whore who leaves her newbom baby in a dumpster. I was abandoned to freeze in the cold. Looking back, perhaps Long John Silver saw me as competition. Maybe he figured that the less I knew, the less of a threat I was. After all, I had an advanced degree and he did not. According to the superficial ranking system that the managers adhered to, it may have somehow put me above him. Long John Silver may have decided that if I wasn't stifled right off the bat, I might wrestle some ofhis responsibility and influence away from him.

I worked with a member of the Sherman clan on my first project. Cube Farm Most of the time, the office belonging to Lord Sherman was empty. This is because the R&D building wasn't a power center. As I mentioned earlier, it was a backwater. No one visited the R&D bog, with its suffocating humidity and its garbage dumpster stench, unless they had to. Visitors who did make it to into R&D territory usually kept their stays short, in fear that they might catch whatever it was that we had. Lord Sherman spent most of his time over at Lawson's headquarters, north of Minneapolis, playing politics with the other division heads.

Things got ugly, and Foxmeyer ended up taking SAP to court. 3 Tom Diederich, "Bankrupt ~rm bIomes SAP (or (ai/ure," Computerworld, August 28, 1998 MI iM Cube Farm Remember what I said about mainframe technology? Foxmeyer, a $5 billion business with 2,500 employees, was forced into bankruptcy by going with a new solution. If you asked me, like Progressive, they would have been better off maintaining their old COBOL-mainframe system. Instead, they drank the Kool-Aid and bought into the marketing hype.

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