Wednesday, June 09, 2004

 

Multitasking is best reserved for operating systems

Unfortunately another short shrift day, as the Herr Kommandant at Colditz has deemed Wednesday to be a day of supplication to the Great Spirit of Meetings. There will be plenty of guest stars at today's festivities, including the Under Assistant Midwest Harrumpher, more project managers than should legally be allowed in a multi-story edifice, supporting PMO drones with checklists they're checking twice and a splendid time is guaranteed for all except yours truly, who actually has to try to get stuff accomplished.

Remember "Failure to plan is planning to fail"? I actually heard one major (read as incessant) harrumpher (who is competing for his Junior Captain Of Industry award) say in a meeting on Tuesday "You know, we really didn't anticipate how much the scope was going to change and just how much work may actually be out there". This is what is known in the trade as a Blinding Glimpse Of The Obvious.

The harrumphers want to take us out for dinner tonight as a "Team Building Exercise". Considering the state of corporate expense policies, I would imagine we'll get a place that's somewhere between Applebee's and Bennigan's in terms of menu and price. A minor corollary to The Proprietor's Law is "While it's good to keep your friends close and your enemies closer, watch your tail when going out with them, especially when alcohol is being served".

Thursday's going to be a real load of laughs too.

Wielding the leaden rapier briefly, this has to be one of the worst choices of a code name for software one could make in this "best shoring" climate.

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