365 Days of Random

Random musings about nothing at all

AHHH!!! Too much

Sorry… just need to get a bit of a rant out about work… I’ve spent my entire day today in meetings and tomorrow is worse. I literally have 15 mins free between 9am and 5pm – not sure when I am supposed to eat or even pee. I have two projects that are ridiculously behind schedule and nothing I can really do to bring them back in line. I am working as fast as I can and so are all the other people involved to bring things back into some semblance of ‘doable’. Here is one example of how crazy today was. I started meetings at 10am and before I knew it, it was 5pm. I had just started to write my post for the day and I got called into another meeting. This meeting ran until about 6:10 or so and I had to leave because I had a 7:30 softball game. I am just now getting back to trying to wrap up this post for the day.

There is no real reason for why we’re behind schedule with these projects other than we’re behind. My team just messed stuff up this time and didn’t get things done on time. Now we have to rely on the other members of our cross functional development team to be agile enough to ensure that the project as a whole completes successfully. One of the challenges that we face with this is that we need to really knock the UI and Experience out of the park. This is a HUGE feature that will impact ALL our clients and sets us up for some of the overall improvements we want to make to aspects of our Assessment product in the next couple of years. To some degree this experience we’re working on right now is a stepping stone to some GREAT things in the future. We should have started to work this out about 6 weeks ago…. but we didn’t really know what we were building with any amount of certainty until about 4 weeks ago. Then we needed to figure out all the functional stuff that would impact this and try and get the business objectives inline with what was a realistic development plan. This project has just been one big ball of hectic from day one. There is no shortage of competing priorities and more challenges to work out than I’ve had in a single product in a long time.

I think one of my biggest frustrations about today is that I am just not at all used to being behind schedule. It doesn’t happen to me very often and I really don’t like it. As much as it frustrates my development manager and cross functional team, I guarantee that it frustrates me more. I hate hate hate to not deliver things on time. One of my strongest qualities is generally my ability to handle a boat load of projects all at one time. Right now I really only have 3 major projects going on. You’d think that would mean I have time to handle everything that’s being thrown at me. I don’t have a good reason for why that’s not happening for me the way that it normally does. I think part of it is that I am constantly needing to switch contexts. None of the three major projects I am working on are incredibly related. Some have incredibly challenging design problems to solve. But all of them come from a different direction. And everyone thinks their project needs to be the highest priority.

For now I need to re-focus and get my current development projects back into full swing. This means I need to pull back from my more vision and strategy based projects in order to dedicate the time necessary to current development. As that just simply MUST be what’s priority one. Starting tomorrow I am going to practice the art of saying NO and just paying extra attention to the time I spend on what projects at what time in my week. Rather than front loading all meetings I need to request they be spread out so that I can actually have some good solid chunks of time in my day to really just buckle down and work. If I can do that I might just get all my projects into a semblance of order that stops stressing me out.

But on a good note, as you may have guessed, the break that was my evening softball game has definitely tempered the stress and frustration I was feeling when I started this post. Now to wrap things up… grab a little dinner and park my but in front of the TV with my BF for a little True Blood Season Three goodness.

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May 2, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Getting Sick

Ugh! As I was wrapping up the work day today I started to notice that my throat was a bit scratchy. And there was the post nasal drip thing happening (kinda gross I know). It never fails to amaze me that I generally end up getting sick shortly before or shortly after going on vacation. It also never seems to matter where I am going or what I am doing on that vacation. It seems like if I stop to relax for a few days my body goes into this mode where it’s defenses drop and those nasty little cold and flu germs find their way in.

About mid morning today I wasn’t feeling all that great – but I think that was attributed to milk that had some how gone off. By lunch time I was feeling better. Initially I thought the scratchy throat could be attributed to the fact that I spent a few hours today talking to people who were frustrating me beyond belief (but that’s a whole other story) but now that I’ve eaten dinner, had lots of water to drink and settled in to my sofa for the evening I am becoming more and more convinced that I am getting sick.

I hate getting sick. I mean REALLY hate getting sick. I never really have time to be sick – but I guess noone really does. Getting sick also turns me into a great big baby. More than anything when I don’t feel good I want someone to take care of me. Make me dinner, cover me up with blankets, make me some tea or soup, and generally just pamper me a bit. I get really whiny when I don’t feel good though which makes it a bit frustrating for someone to be around me to take care of me for any length of time. I suppose it’s a good thing that I know this about myself.

In all honesty, I don’t get sick very often. But if I do manage to catch something that’s of any real significance it knocks me on my butt – completely. I end up completely out of commission until the bug runs it’s course. Sometimes if I medicate myself soon enough I can kick it before it really takes hold. That’s the plan for tonight. Curl up in blankets, drink some tea and sweat it out for a bit. Then take some nighttime cold medicine and hopefully wake up tomorrow morning feeling better. One of the nice things about where I work is the flexibility to work from home if we’re not feeling 100%. So if I am functional but still not feeling completely up to par I can stay in my pjs and work from my couch. Thankfully tomorrow is not a day full of meetings – so working at home would likely be more productive that working in the office.

Right now, I feel ok. But as the night draws on the fuzziness increases and the general feeling of ickiness grows – not a good sign. I really hope this is just a result of a stressful day and that a good night’s sleep and a little medication will kill it before it starts. Or it could be a long week for this whiny sick girl.

March 16, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment