November 23rd, 2005, 06:55 PM
The R Word!
This team supports the company's project portfolio management application, and they're suddenly called into a meeting, reports a pilot fish on the team.
"At this meeting, our manager instructed the team to immediately stop requesting requirements from one of our user groups," fish says.
"It seems this group doesn't want to provide requirements for any requested changes to the application. They feel embarrassed when asked for requirements, don't have time to provide them and just want changes to happen.
"In the future, we are even prohibited from using the word requirements in conversation with any member of this user group.
"Who are these requirement-phobic users? The project managers in our enterprise project management office."
Well, it SEEMED like a good idea
This pilot fish has been working under contract for a school, trying to keep things limping along until some major improvements can be made. And finally, after several years, it looks like that's going to happen.
"The school is putting up a brand-new building," says fish, "and the budget includes a new server room and network structure. Woo-hoo!
"I am asked to meet with the contractors and explain the needs of the client. During the meeting, I learn that the new server room will be in the basement of the new building. This has me concerned, so I request a raised floor with water sensors and a sump pump, just in case."
Flash forward about a year: Fish is now working on a different contract out of state, and the school building is all but complete. That's when fish runs into the new contract IT guy, who has just returned from the new building.
"He reports what he found," fish says. "Sure enough, there's a server room in the basement of the building. Great, I say, so how is the flooring?
"He says that, yes, they have a raised floor. Unfortunately, the contractor's idea of a 'raised floor' is a concrete platform four inches in height!
"And to top it off, they have penetrations in the walls below grade for the cabling conduit -- holes that are already dripping water."
\"The only truly secure system is one that is powered off, cast in a block of concrete and sealed in a lead-lined room with armed guards - and even then I have my doubts\".....Spaf
Everytime I learn a new thing, I discover how ignorant I am.- ... Black Cluster
November 24th, 2005, 05:02 AM
Now... I gotta ask this...
I've gained a simple understanding of the word 'fish' in this context, simply need some clarification I assume 'pilot' is admin.. Am I right ? The hell would a repair techie (EU's prison b*tch) be?
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wiseman knows himself to be a fool - Good Ole Bill Shakespeare