Old job redux

So, there was a project I was on at my old job which *sucked*. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that particular project was part of my motivation to come to a new job. Even though the project is temporary, the overall way it was handled bothered me, and that wasn’t changing. Anywho, I’m still occasionally being asked questions by the mini-me I left behind, who had been working with me on the project for several months before I left. There’s one question that has come up recently which…per my memory, I could swear we discussed it in front of the customer of this particular project. Our high-level documentation author sucked ass, if you’ll forgive the term, so it wasn’t described very well in documentation, despite me having re-written the docs three times…the author would go in and un-do my changes and fuck it all up again. So, now, the high-level doc author is giving mini-me crap about this particular design aspect. I sent e-mail about this. I attended a call with the mini-me, the release manager, and a few others describing the situation, etc. Now, mini-me is asking me to be on yet another call. He asked me to be on one today, but I had a conflict. Now he wants another one next week. I’m like, dude, no…I told you what I know, what I remember, you don’t need me on a call, and I’m too damn busy right now to be on one. I admitted on the last call I did that it wasn’t documented well, I explained why…I said I’m reasonably sure the end customer understands it better than the doc author does, etc. :: sigh :: I just don’t want to go down the road of dealing with this. It is possible that this is a fuck-up on my part, too…I mean, maybe I should have pushed harder for it to be documented. At the time, I was dealing with so many other more important issues that I didn’t worry about this one…everyone seemed to understand it. And frankly, this is one of those things that I’m not so technically adept on that is much of the reason I felt like I was a bad fit for that job.

It bothers me none at all for them to think I suck. Okay, well, it bugs me a little, but it doesn’t affect me. I know there are enough people who were around when I was going through this with the doc author and the end customer (mini-me wasn’t in our group at that time) who know why this might have slipped or been unclear. It’s not like they’re going to be all like hating me over this. Yet I also know that part of the reason I’m pushing back so hard on helping with it is that I feel some guilt over it…

Still, it is true that I really don’t have time to be supporting this old project any more. My previous dept asked my current manager for permission to involve me in stuff, and current manager told me that it was up to me, he didn’t care so long as it didn’t affect my current work or commitments, but if I wanted to tell them to bug off, he’d back me up. (Have I mentioned that I [heart] my new manager?)

I just feel all conflicted over this, and I feel like I shouldn’t. Old job, shouldn’t be doing it anymore, gave support…no need to give more. Then again, I feel bad for mini-me (who isn’t really mini-me…that’s just a convenient euphemism and isn’t intended to be as condescending as it sounds). Argh. Needed to vent. Back to work…