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07 September 2004 @ 10:58 am
The brand-new contractor who just started today (or maybe Friday -- I can't tell which) is asking for the password onto the production database. Am I being overly paranoid that I'm worrying about giving it to her?

I dunno. Maybe I'd feel a bit better about all this if I had some idea of her skills level. Or, heck, had been introduced. But as is, I'm hearing my boss mention all kinds of grandiose things that the contractor can do that wander into areas of potentially screwing production if they are done wrong, and I just cringe.

Long weekends are bad. It takes too long for me to break my brain properly so that I can deal with work again. I need to get back to not caring again.

39 days until the golden handcuffs come off.

Edit: Oh yeah. And they think it's a better idea to just run the SQL Server database tools directly off the Production server, rather than installing them on the contractor's client. Potential for disaster, much?
Current Mood: worriedworried
Paul Meyerweregamer on September 7th, 2004 08:33 pm (UTC)
Let me help...
If the new contractor screws up the database, will it negate your golden handcuffs?

How much incompetence would it take to make the deal fall through and the company go out of business instead? Because any lesser incompetence is of no importance to you at all, is it?

Now admittedly, there is no limit on incompetence, but there is a curve. And even though the skill of selling oneself to potential contractees is quite different from technical competence, they are both related in requiring some basic intelligence and some understanding of the tools and the business. So while I'd never bet against them screwing up the database, you can reasonably expect that the worst they'll do is change the kind of hellishness you are experiencing by adding "deal with the damage done by the incompetent contractor" to the other incompetence damage on your list.

Does that help with both issues (getting back from vacation and worrying about the contractor are equally important, neh?)?