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On project but no work

vijay jamadade
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I work for a MNC. I have 4+ yrs of experince. Recently I took a project change before 3 months ago and now in another project in same company. Problem is, there is no work in this project since last 2 months. I am just sitting idle and getting frustrated day by day. I ask for work to managers after every week but they just tells me that there are some enhancement expected to come but no idea about when work will come. My problems are

1) what should i do in such situation as i can't ask for release from this project. Due to recession threat, there is no requirement in other projects and being on bench is risky.

2) what could be options or action plans in front of me.

One i can see is attend trainings but again i think i should work on project rather than it as my experience is increasing. Offcourse trainigs will add value but i have done so many trainings that i want to work now.

What should i do? Managers are really hopeless to ask for something. I am helpless. I don't want to switch company.


Regards, Vijay Jamadade.
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Campbell Ritchie

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Find something to do.
Enhance the documentation of your project.
Organise code review of the old code.
Find out about something new and organise a meeting or seminar in your workplace about it.
Get training for something new.
Ask for funding to read for a higher degree.
Jaikiran Pai

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And if the company policies allow and you have the interest, try and contribute (in whatever way possible) to any open source projects of your choice. That'll help you in learning new things.

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arulk pillai
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Good time to take stock of your skills and spend some time on self-education. Research what skills are on demand and get some self-taught project going. Alternatively, contribute to open-source projects.

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vijay jamadade
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I got other things but i am not getting how to contribute to open source projects i mean what exactly and where should i approach?

Sumit Patil
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Jaikiran Pai wrote:try and contribute (in whatever way possible) to any open source projects of your choice. That'll help you in learning new things.

Hey can you please let me know how to contribute to open source projects? Where can i find them and what all needs to be done?
I am also in a similar kind of situation as Vijay is.

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Have you ever used an open source library? Found a bug? Something needed? Alternatively, pick a project at apache or sourceforge that looks interesting and see what bugs exist or what they need done.

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John Jai

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vijay jamadade wrote:...there are some enhancement expected to come...

Check with your managers at least what technology will be used to do the enhancements. You can focus on learning those if they are not already known to you.
Jan de Boer
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Hey, what is your biggest problem? Being bored or the 'being on bench is risky'? I think the latter right? If you have nothing to do, and your manager sees it, then the management can say: lay him off, he has no useful task anyway.

I don't know if this helps you, but what I do in such a situation is helping our technical support team. You are useful and keep contacts going. I have even translated German letters and taught a new girl in Spanish, her native language, about our products. And I am in the 'fire department and first aid team' of the fabric. Don't know how you would call that in English. But I can stop, literally a fire, and give you mouth to mouth.

If it does not help, I give you my moral support anyway. I have about the same. If I have nothing to do, I am never bored, I can always find something to do, but I am a little scared my function will get erased.

vijay jamadade
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Problem is they have hold me for future pipeline project enhancement. But after 2 months nothing is happening. I read a lot in these days but it doesn't satisfy me. I get frustrated sitting idle. Now i am going to try the options suggested by you guys one by one on priority. i hope it will help me.

Thanks for suggestions.
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