The pessimist complains about the wind;
the optimist expects it to change;
the realist adjusts the sails.
– William Arthur Ward
Project winds can be gusty, especially in I.T., but this was really something else. We had been buffeted to and fro all year by changing requirements, priorities, and resources – but this? Major design changes in complex accounting software, just weeks before go-live? At the end of User Acceptance Testing?
It was quite a serious meeting, and I really tried not to laugh, but I simply couldn’t help it. Then, of course, half the team went into hysterics. It was Eric’s fault, really, for keeping a straight face when he asked:
Er, were you planning to do any actual testing before go-live?
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This week’s 100-wcgu: …I really tried not to laugh…
Any resemblance to real projects, live or dead, is purely
14 thoughts on “Every Which Way”
That one was too close to reality really. I almost feel I was in the room with the rest of you.
Thanks. It feels quite real to me…
Oh dear, this rings so true. Nicely done.
Thanks for the sympathy. I’m afraid it is quite close to home.
Love the quote and the cosmos picture which got me to read the post. Good to know that craziness abounds in all professions. 😉 Good luck to you with your project.
Craziness is our specialty! Thanks for the good wishes, we need them.
Definitely based on a true story!
😦 I’m afraid so…
Very nice! I can definitely relate
So true! In almost any presentation I’ve been at, there comes a moment when you try not to laugh! I live for those moments. It’s the only way to get through something so boring.
Here it’s really more a question of hysteria than boredom. But meetings are a pain.
Very well done x
Thanks! Sometimes a prompt just fits…