April 2011 – July 2011

April 26, 2011

My first day at a new client, with a new consulting company. This ain’t my first rodeo. I have been a new-hire and a new consultant before, many times before, so I don’t have a lot of high expectations about being able to do much productive my first day. I bring a notebook. I have long since forgotten my shorthand, but I do value taking notes in every situation, especially the first day.

This was the most chaotic onboarding day 1 I have ever had. I spent the next few months unwinding the chaos that was created because this was rushed without any attention to detail.

This was telco. Fortunately, I am well-versed in telco. The acronyms in this place will drive a normal person batty, but I kind of thrive on them. It is fun to identify the dba, doing dba work as a dba entity.

April 1, 2011

I really need to set the scene so I can provide context for what follows.
I am working from home, healing from an accidental exposure to poison ivy. Lucky me, I got it in my eyes.
I am reeling from finding out my father has just been diagnosed with breast cancer.
(Men don’t get breast cancer in my head.)

I receive a notification in my inbox that our site just passed the super-secret-security check that all externally accessible sites are subject to passing. For the record this is a good thing! Essentially, it means that the factory site we had been building for the last 90 days successfully passed the internet version of a random drug test and with flying colors. I was thrilled!

My phone rings. It is my client manager. He is livid! All he saw was that the notification came from security and he was chewing me out!

I think this is the point when I realized, no one reads anything – ever!