Best Laid Plans

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I sat here looking at the line above in the WordPress application wondering and pondering several subjects to blog about for my next entry. Sharing my story would be a series of voluminous books to be sure, especially if I were thorough, which I generally am.

Someday I may just write that story with severe unadulterated honesty and callous, however for now I believe that I will stick to a recent setback. The loss of a good and dedicated co-worker, and direct report, that showed the promise as being the one that would take over where I left off when I reached the time for retirement.

I entered my employment with the notion that it would be where I would retire. The last job, where I would make a mark, no more interviews, no more being the FNG, and all the backstabbing fun that goes with starting a new job, not that this latter part ever really stops. The culmination of years in the IT industry and leaving it in the hands of a capable individual. Looks like that is not going to happen now.

In the end, it will cost the organization in the loss of a good employee, one who understands the principles of standards and process as being a necessity as part of being truly Agile and encompassing the methodologies of DevOPS. It is the good employees, especially as a manager, one hates to see move on.

There is a wealth of articles, books, and information on why good employees leave. Some point to management and leadership, others to pay and opportunity for advancement, and yet there is no definitive answer or cookie cutter reasoning. Generally it is a myriad of reasons and opportunities for placing blame, however there is no one size fits all solution or catalyst to the dilemma.

I hate to see the loss of another good, bright, and intelligent hard working employee as it brings me further into a reflective state on where I am at, what I am doing, and why am I doing it. A manager can only do so much to retain good employees. It takes comparable benefits, a professional and respectful work environment, and positive engagement with effective leadership across the board.

Moving on from one job to another has become a part of modern life, especially in the tech sector, where job-hopping is the name of the game when it comes to more pay and advancement. Being in a professional career means providing a minimum of two weeks notice, which helps to leave a door open as compared to a burned bridge. Open doors are worth far more in the long run no matter the viewpoint at the time of the dedicated individual. It is the professional thing to do.

As for best laid plans, a good friend once put it best, “You make plans, and God laughs.”…

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