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Totally agree. These exercises suck because they are obvious wastes of time that are often ignored, but cannot be done frivolously as they have impact on real things sometimes.

As a manager in one particularly toxic org, you had to strike a balance where you showed constant forward motion, but not too much. Too little and you'd be tortured with meetings with a PMO, too much progress, you'd be declared a genius and the PMO would either appoint you as a "champion" to get shit done or take your people away.






It’s no more a waste to write these than it’s a waste for servers to use disk space writing out logs.

Server logs are not manually written by humans. Obviously no one is worried about the disk space. I’m ok with wasting cpu cycles writing something that might never be read but wasting humans time is just rude. [I don’t thrive in bureaucratic environments so my perspective may be skewed]

> These exercises suck because they are obvious wastes of time that are often ignored, but cannot be done frivolously as they have impact on real things sometimes.

Not really. They're ammo for whatever the manager wants to do with the target of your review. Management can spin this feedback to fit the agenda. They can also serve as a paper trail for managing someone out.




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