Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Slip Sliding Away

A full day of work related meetings, a quick dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings at Westgate and then home for a quiet evening.  The big advantage of the day - today, they officially announced that the release date on the program I am working has been slipped - all the way back to February 2013, perhaps March 2013.  Needless to say, I did my Ren and Stimpy Happy Happy Joy Joy Dance, since the new schedule is far more realistic.  We also made some progress on my portion of program, pinning down a pair of customers and drilling a bit deeper into the requirements.

Here is a hint, if at all possible, when involved in a project, avoid any project where your own upper management is the customer.  When the time comes to reel the customer in (which happens on every project) you will not have any back up.  One of the things that has made this project particularly insane is that we are deep in design and configuration and we still haven't nailed the requirements down - in large part because it is our our upper management who keeps changing and adding new requirements.  On a normal program, you lock the requirements and they your management fights the customers management to keep them locked.  This is...not the case.

I had a pair of good conversations with T.R. today and am looking forward to another one tonight - she has briefly come off the island and is back at home for some appointments, before, hopefully, she will get to return to the island for the rest of her vacation.  Speaking of vacation, besides another great conversation (and doubtlessly a detailed discussion of why civilians should be allowed to buy throwbots), I am going to spend some time working on my vacation photos.  Oh, and I should call home just to check on the parents.

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