Thread regarding Staples Inc. layoffs

The Blender

Basically, FM put a bunch of entry to mid-level people into a blender, tossed in some IT buzzwords, hit the "ON" button and hoped a real e-commerce system would pop out. That's kind of like throwing a lot of car parts, gas and oil into a cement mixer and hoping a car will pop out.

It's interesting that the spinoff has now spawned its own spinoff. Maybe they hired real developers this time but I doubt it. I never saw evidence that any management at Staples had a clue about software development. I know the insides of the legacy system better than 99% of the employees and Staples just doesn't have the skill level to reproduce it.

Many bad decisions while I was there, a major one in my first month and after that, a new one each month. Choosing technologies for spurious self-promotion instead of applicability, contractor turnover which creates huge gaps in domain knowledge, disjointed interfaces because of no continuity in design, etc. Imagine 3,000 employees responsible for $1 billion sales but it's all balancing like a upside-down pyramid on one part-time contractor dude in Mumbai.

I wonder how much of this Sycamore has figured out so far.

I'm totally enjoying this circus show, though, because I was pretty sure it would come to town.

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Best analysis yet of FM's spin show. He is the master of self promotion. So much money was spent on the "Easy System" for the Easy Button. FM used the platform at many conferences and spoke at World of Watson. It was the all about FM show and look what I am doing. So how's that Easy Button now? But you have to give Shira credit. She sank more money into the sinking FM ship. Great job. Tons of money, no results, and FM didn't know technology from a hole in the ground. The circus just keeps on spinning.

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