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Non-idiot co-workers

Since there has been so much griping about idiot co-workers lately, I thought it might be fun to swap notes about what makes for a good co-worker.

My favourites are:
(1) Doesn't drop the ball. Everyone screws up every now and again and *horror* sometimes it's you ! Then it is so great to work with people who will say "Er, Bob, what happened to the floobit bug in the friggit widget?"or "Do you get this error message when you flargle the fleegle?"

(2) Pops into your office to grab you for a coffee break just when you're trying to find the floobit bug and then tells you about this new groundbreaking Java whatsit that let's you debug floobit bugs.

(3) Gives you a hard time about your sucky design for the glebit freeble, but when challenged about it by a client / management type person says "We felt that was the best design at the time, although we have some new ideas for a redesign"

Monday, June 30, 2003

I had this co-worker a few years back. His name was Dave, he was around 34 and I was around 23. He was good non-idiot co-worker. I was in charge of getting him up to speed in VB, it didn't took too long he was smart enough. We played pranks around the office, we played starcraft during our lunch break. Offcourse we were allowed to do that because together we were able to do great work. It was a blast. We were carpooling together, and carpooling with Dave car be really fun : he was the incarnation of road rage.  He was 6 feet and a very imposing man : he had a very deep voice, a radio voice if you will. The guy had four kids and a wife, and I was just a kid coming out of school. We were very different but still, we were friends.

Application Specialist
Monday, June 30, 2003

I work on a team with a couple of really great guys. They both have a great sense of humor, are creative in their own ways, are non-judgemental, are non-critical, are productive and good at their jobs, and know how to be silly or serious depending on the circumstances. They make coming to work fun, and my job just wouldn't be the same without them.

Monday, June 30, 2003

I once had the pleasure to work for someone who was able to build great teams.  The company didn't have budget for all the people we needed, so he filled positions with people whose skills would slightly overlap the skills of the person working underneath them.

We had a team of 6, all with a natural flow of our skills....From the graphic designer to the html guy to the asp guy, all the way up through database architect.

We just kicked ass & it was a blast to come to work every day - we all looked forward to contributing & were excited about the product.

Jeff MacDonald
Monday, June 30, 2003

I appreciate co-workers who can hold a conversation.  Some developers simply can't converse normally.  I have a few non-idiot co-workers with whom I can just chat for hours at a time, and that's wonderful.  (Obviously, people can also go overboard in talking too much, but that's better than people who respond to an ordinary conversation-starter with a blank stare.)

I appreciate people who are professional.  At my last job, each member of my team was dedicated to the job, and did it well, but also chatted and played around quite often.  In fact, we won the Putt-Putt Hole Design Challenge. :-)

Brent P. Newhall
Monday, June 30, 2003

Most of my co-workers seem to be intelligent yet not too egotistical.

The Real PC
Monday, June 30, 2003

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