December 14, 2007

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Complex Jobs Are Not Suited To CVs or Time Tracking

One of the of the reasons I tend to procrastinate over updating my CV is that I find it very difficult to boil down what I've done (and what I could do for a new client) into 2-3 sides of A4 paper with standard headings, pithy summaries and punchy bullet points.

Contray to popular myth, not even pigeons like to be pigeon-holed

It's also the reason I hate using time tracking systems. At the end of every week I look back and ask "exactly what did I do, and how do I break it down into the available categories presented here?"

In both cases, we're trying to distill complex, multi-dimensional work into simplistic 2-dimensional commodities: stuff that an accountant or a HR manager could understand.

The real danger, of course, is that I end up literally commoditising my work so that it will fit neatly into 2-dimensional boxes. This would probably lead to the temptation to strive for 100% utilisation of my time, which I'm compltely conviced actually leads to lower overall achievement as we're too flat-out to adapt and exploit the unplanned-for. You won't get more value out of me by keeping me busy.

It's yet another industry dysfunction that needs sorting out...
Posted 12 years, 11 months ago on December 14, 2007