Monday, November 19, 2012
Teasing Out The Day
Well, let us see what sort of insight I can tease out of the day.
It was a typical Monday in Cloud Cuckoo Land. Here is one small tribute to the insanity - because of the Thanksgiving Holiday, we have Thursday off. (I am working Friday, but most people are not.) In the first three days of the week, Monday through Wednesday, I would normally be slated to work three nine hour days, for a total of twenty seven work hours. I have twenty one hours of meetings scheduled, not counting incidental and unscheduled meetings. Consequently, in three days, not counting the over time that I working (today I worked twelve hours), I have six hours to actually accomplish anythings.
UAT continues to move at a high pace, though I am already behind the eight-ball there. One of the things I need to go is review all of the bugs that have been reported and forward them to the appropriate group for resolution. Of course, given the amount of time involved, I have not been able to do that. I was hoping to do it this evening, but I ended up spending the time doing a variety of the things I couldn't due during the day due to interruptions and meetings.
Now, on top of the UAT, it looks like I am going to catch another segment of UAT, for another block of the project that some other group screwed up. I tell you, I am getting tired of being the go to guy for failed program rescues. I try not to let the sheer insanity of it overwhelm me, but sometimes I really feel like I am the lone voice of reason.
I will share with you something amusing that happened to me the other week. I was in a meeting with a manager and the manager, by oblique reference, without ever coming out and actually saying it, strongly hinted that I should temper the opinions I deliver and only deliver positive news and if the news was negative, spin it in a positive light. I actually laughed.
I am a fundamentally honest person, and what I mean by that is this - about twenty years ago I made one of those personal vows and that was this - I would always speak the truth to my leaders as best I understood it. I would not shave, slant, or other color my inputs. I firmly believe that the truth will set you free - and in the case of business, the truth is what makes one person or group successful and another unsuccessful.I think a huge part of the reason this project is in so much trouble is because various people at various stages, on a continual basis, have not spoke the truth. This is compounded by the Director, who does not want to hear the truth and generally doesn't seem to care.
It's a challenging environment and I am thankful every day for that stress counseling I went through a few years ago - those skills and techniques have been invaluable. So, I would strongly urge anyone who is considering stress counseling to go - it is well worth your time and the techniques that you learn are very valuable.