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Cube Farm
     

Cube Farm

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by Bill Blunden
 

Truth is often stranger than fiction, especially when it comes to the workplace. In Cube Farm, author Bill Blunden recounts his three years in Minnesota performing research and development for Lawson Software. Riddled with intrigue, duplicity and collusion, this story offers a trench-level view of a company in the throes of internal rivalry,

Overview

Truth is often stranger than fiction, especially when it comes to the workplace. In Cube Farm, author Bill Blunden recounts his three years in Minnesota performing research and development for Lawson Software. Riddled with intrigue, duplicity and collusion, this story offers a trench-level view of a company in the throes of internal rivalry, and suffering from a string of failed projects.

If you have ever suffered at the hands of an incompetent manager, or toiled in a dysfunctional environment, then this hilarious account will appeal to you. Cube Farm provides "lessons learned" sections at the end of each chapter, which delve into the basicsof corporate self defense.

Table of Contents

  1. The Ivy League Advantage
  2. Blazing a Trail to Minnesota
  3. First Impressions
  4. The Illuminati
  5. Vanishing Act
  6. The King's New Clothes
  7. The Great Escape
  8. It's the Nature of the Beast
  9. A Fixed Fight
  10. The Y2K Time Bomb!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590594032
Publisher:
Apress
Publication date:
08/03/2004
Edition description:
2004
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.38(d)

Meet the Author

Reverend Bill Blunden is an alumnus of Cornell University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in physics. He also holds a master of science degree in operations research from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. Reverend Blunden is an ordained SubGenius minister, and is currently at large in California's Bay Area.

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Cube Farm 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're in IT and have chortled knowingly at Dilbert, then Blunden might take you to the next level of cynicism. He describes his travails in his first real programming job. During the ascent of the dot coms, he ended up at Lawson, a mid ranking purveyor of business tools and technology consulting. He found himself in the tool making part of the company. A very disillusioning foray into coporate computing. Months of intense effort on his part, but no deliverable at the end. Apparently, this was scarcely unique in the firm. He describes others having spent years there, just performing office politics and backstabbing, as opposed to producing a tangible product, to actually benefit the company and its shareholders and customers. Perhaps the funniest passage is his Y2K experience. He wonders aloud if Mr Y2K, Ed Yourdon, was peddling moonshine and hysteria. Many of us might agree. Be warned that Blunden is a Reverend in the notorious subversive organisation called the Church of the SubGenius. One day, Donald Rumsfeld and the Department of Homeland Security will catch up with these blokes. Then, it's one way trip to Gitmo.