Couple of weeks ago, I talked about over-succeeding. But on the flip side there is such a thing as over-tooting, over celebrating, over showing off, over promoting.
If you work with people in Academia, this appears to be clearer than other places. But rest assured, it's everywhere.
Someone would just publish a paper on how to do something trivial, stupid, or unimportant... Few years later, you find people coming to the office with champagne bottles and confetti celebrating the ratification of the new method of tying shoes as a new ISO standard. Then the long and boring congratulatory emails on how amazing someone's brain farts were...
Then you go to read the new "breakthrough" and it turns out to be nothing more than a horribly written paper on something that anyone with half a brain would have done on their own!
What surprises me more is how some people go the extra mile to get some exposure on less than mediocre work. Then comes dumb management types who understand nothing, but hear the big organization's name next to the crappy paper. And jump immediately on the band wagon as how they believed all along in that brain fart!
If anything, it makes me lose all respect for some of the middle management who appear to jump on these trivialities and start promoting them like the best thing since sliced bread!
Oh, and if you happen to share a piece of code that is supposed to do X, Y and Z. Make sure it delivers X, Y and Z! (Just a thought)