Release schedule plans

Gervase Markham gerv at
Mon Jan 10 19:44:20 UTC 2005

Vlad Dascalu wrote:
> The first rule about people management is that there is no rule. 

No, the first rule about people management is that you do not tear into 
them relentlessly in public, because it makes them defensive, angry, 
bitter and upset.

I've tried to hint, now let me be more direct:

Vlad, please stop attacking Dave on this mailing list. You have a lot of 
valid points to make, but the good is being swallowed up by the 
unnecessarily aggressive, relentless and personal way in which you are 
making them.

Unless you have plans for a coup d'etat, or have already decided to 
leave the project after venting your anger, then you should bear in mind 
that you will need to work with Dave again after all this is over.

Because a section like this seems to need including in every post I make 
to avoid people misunderstanding me:

- This is NOT trying to start a flamewar with Vlad
- This is NOT saying that he or anyone else is right or wrong about
   anything they have said regarding the development process
- This is NOT defending the status quo in the face of calls for change
- This is NOT suppressing debate

It is saying that aggressive rudeness is both unnecessary and extremely 


P.S. I am very aware of the possible irony, and have tried very hard not 
to break the rule outlined in the first paragraph, by making my point 
forcefully but not rudely. I apologise if I haven't quite succeeded.

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