A Pair Of Ruby Slippers

April 21, 2007

I Want To Be Alone…

Filed under: MACMP — author @ 9:33 am

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Tin Woodsman: What have you learned, Dorothy?
Dorothy: Well, I – I think that it – it wasn’t enough to just want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em – and it’s that – if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with! Is that right?

It’s OK, I’m still enthusiastic, its just that now I have to rely on a few other people to help me make the planned changes. That makes me nervous. What’s even more irritating is that I know this part is really important, I need to learn how to influence my colleagues to make things happen and then I need to learn to trust that they will do it. How awful.

The team continues to be helpful, if a tad sarcastic at times, which is all good. The wider issue is people outside of the team who are harder to coordinate as they are not onsite and have a day job to do.

Learnings here are that making changes at work, even small ones can be a lengthy and sometimes frustrating process. I was chatting to a munchkin from The Lullaby League yesterday who was telling me about some of the problems they have with the systems they are using. I suggested starting a joint project to look into the issues and come up with a solution and he declined stating that it wasn’t worth it as it would be too difficult, take too long and any solution we came up with either wouldn’t be perfect (duh) or wouldn’t be able to be implemented – thank you Sarbanes-Oxley. Is he right? My overiding thought is “no”, but I understand where he is coming from. I suspect the fact that we very rarely take a step back and do some analysis on current issues contributes highly to many of our current frustrations. I wonder why we don’t? Is it just that people are too busy or has it just not been seriously considered before? I am hoping to use my AI as an example of what could be done in a similar way for larger issues, well if it works out well, otherwise I will say I was too busy to do it properly and go back to moaning about our systems.

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