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Fytte 8: Screwpole anticipates the arrival of the Consultants...

Oh dear. The PM appears to be in deep trouble and Mugwort is like an excitable child on Haribo, unable to concentrate amidst all the fun. Screwpole is keeping his cool and realises that now is the time for his nephew to apply some of the things he has learnt in a cohesive strategy to cripple the PM… Li'l Devil in barrel. An …
Phil Rice, 05 Aug 2007
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Screwpole teaches situational management...

The Project Manager is completely unable to explain why his staff are behaving so miserably (unaware that the stifling office environment is sucking all the enjoyment and creativity out of the team) and is resorting to micromanagement to sort things out. Bad move – his team is a mixed bunch, some more capable than others and the …
Phil Rice, 07 Jul 2007
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Mugwort buys the furniture - Fytte 6...

Mugwort has been getting less and less favoured by the iteration. However, there is hope following an isolated period of success for the young demon. Several key members of his victim’s development team have left and, due to inadequate training, this means that Mugwort’s intended victim, our young project manager, has struggled …
Phil Rice, 25 Jun 2007
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The Screwpole Emails: Fytte the 5th

After being disgraced by his failure to finally destroy the career of his project manager victim, Screwpole’s nephew Mugwort attempted to redeem himself by undermining the project manager’s recruitment process and leave him with a team of inept slackers and sociopaths. Typically for Mugwort, things did not go totally to plan …
Phil Rice, 28 Apr 2007
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The Screwpole Emails: Fytte the Fourth

Despite being left in a position of near-victory, Screwpole’s calamitous nephew Mugwort somehow failed to lead his project manager’s payment engine project into disaster. Pleased with the way the manager saved his project from disaster, his bosses have handed him a bold new task, with a bulging new budget. The manager must now …
Phil Rice, 31 Mar 2007
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The Screwpole Emails- Fytte the Third

Phil Rice Uncle Screwpole, the devious master manipulator of IT projects, has promised his nephew Mugwort that he will reveal the secrets of time estimation… To: Mugwort From: Uncle Screwpole Subject: “An unplanned project takes twice as long to complete; but a well-planned project takes three times as long.” Loathly …
Phil Rice, 23 Feb 2007
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The Screwpole Emails - Project Types

By following his demonic uncle Screwpole’s advice, devil initiate Mugwort has had much success in eroding the quality of his victim’s payment engine project and has written an excited e-mail to his uncle. Here is Screwpole’s reply… To: Mugwort From: Uncle Screwpole Subject: As promised, how to categorise projects… [spam?] My …
Phil Rice, 11 Jan 2007
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The Screwpole emails

Episode 1 This is the first in a series of articles tracking the attempts of demonic senior consultant Screwpole to steep his naive young nephew Mugwort in the ways of IT project failure. Picture of Phil Rice. Failure equals unhappiness, a significant Project Objective in the lower circles, and Mr Screwpole has just been handed …
Phil Rice, 22 Dec 2006