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June 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm #38646
I have a rather irritating work colleague (started 9 mths after me) who is constantly butting in when people come to me for advice. He has built a content management system and is now insisting every website we create gets built into his “portal” so I have just left him to it.
Everytime someone in the company comes to me for advice he butts in and says ‘I’m putting that in my portal…you’ll have to wait 6 mths’ and i just bite my tongue. He also tries to blind people with technical abbrevations.
I’ve built the front end of our first portal website using responsive web design but today I said I had been learning something new: SASS and COMPASS and he immediately googled it so he could ‘give me his advice on it’ as he tries to do with everything I do. I’ve been a developer 10 years more than him!
He said ‘SASS stands for Synatactically Awesome Stylesheets….that’s not very industry standard is it….you know its a community project don’t you….are you planning on putting that in my portal? (I understood that as ‘your not putting that in my portal’)
Advice please.June 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm #104888spadookyMember
my advice would be to smack him.
my advice is not very good. 0:)June 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm #104889
In my cartoon brain that’s what I’ve done, with an oversized boxing gloveJune 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm #104896theacefesMember
Are you guys in a team environment? Is teamwork something that is important to your bosses? If so, I would approach your colleague and let them know that while you appreciate their advice, you feel that on occasion they are not reciprocating the same respect for your skillset that you do for them. Let them know you guys are teammates and it should be a joint goal to work together and enhance each other’s skills through sharing your experiences. If he still acts like an ass, and it’s counterproductive to YOUR workflow, then go to your boss about it. Many people think they are helping others out when in reality they are coming off as arrogant.
Note that this assumes you guys are at the same level in the company.
SOURCE: worked in software development teams with socially awkward pricks that thought they knew it all.June 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm #104902instantMashMember
….and i just bite my tongue.
Don’t do that! This boorish jerk is probably just railroading you because he mistakes your quietness for indecision. Clearly, you know your stuff. Just state your case for using SASS or whatever. You don’t have to match his aggressiveness or have an argument. But you do have to speak words. And make sure people get your advice when they ask for it. It’s a disservice to them if you don’t speak up.
SOURCE: I witness way too many passive women who stay quiet while loudmouth morons spout their unfounded opinions. aaaargh!June 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm #104903
This is all brilliant advice. I just wanted to make sure it’s not me being unreasonable.June 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm #104905
I’ve being a classic asp developer since 2001 and moved onto vb.net a few years ago. He is building the portal using code first on the Microsoft entity framework and c# so I don’t feel I can offer much in development skills to work on his portal yet. You should have heard his rant last week because I’m still maintaining a legacy classic asp site….June 26, 2012 at 10:28 pm #104914JohnMotylJrParticipant
The following is very unprofessional and immature…but,
Plant drugs in his car and anonymously phone a tip.June 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm #104934
Thanks to comments from theacefes and instantmash – I have spoken to him in a calm controlled fashion and told him how I feel and that I want us to work together without him undermining me, etc. I feel a lot better. Thanks for everyone’s help :)June 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm #104947instantMashMember
When I saw [Solved] I thought, “Oh, god, the poor man is dead! What have we done!”June 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm #104938JohnMotylJrParticipant
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