Walk a Mile ...  

TheQuietGuy2005 56M
3484 posts
2/1/2006 10:46 am

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Walk a Mile ...

Unaccustomed as I am to public ranting ...

Some of you may remember that I started a new job at the end of November with my heart full of enthusiasm. Well, the enthusiasm is still there. It's a wonderful project to be involved in.

However, that doesn't mean it can't sometimes feel a bit like The Project From Hell. Anyone who's been involved in managing a project will have a pretty good idea of where I'm at right now: it's at just that point where it's all happening, when we can see things developing in leaps and bounds by the day; it's also the point at which even small glitches can cost us days and they're days that now we simply cannot afford to lose.

And the worst thing is that the problems are all emanating from somewhere I can't control: the hospital's own Information Services Department.

Doesn't the term "Services" imply that they're meant to provide some kind of services to someone? Well, as far as I can see, they'd prefer to restrict that role to their own internal requirements whilst fending the rest of us off with a wall of forms, procedures and protocols that all too often seem to have one function only: to prevent the inconvenience of having to do something helpful for a pesky user instead of having internal 'planning' meetings and playing with new toys.

It's all too easy to get the feeling that they all think their department would run so much more smoothly if its wasn't for the users.

I mean, they've known about this project, its live date and its implications for over nine months; the funds were all allocated no less than six months ago. Now, with less than two months to go, they've just ordered the 200+ PCs that they need to deploy and are still having some kind of debate with the suppliers of equipment that they need to put into place for a major, wide-ranging revamp of the network without which the whole system will rapidly grind to a halt.

And that's apart from the fact that problems generally plague the systems there from network crashes and server diskspace problems right up to the non-availability of a key system for three days (so far) ...

Am I stressed? Can you tell? Yegods, but I need a good break - even a pleasurable day off will do!

The irony, in a way, is that I've spent almost all of my life working within (and eventually heading) IT departments - nothing small-scale either. I always felt, as I'm sure the IS guys here do too, that I was providing a good service, that I was "customer-focused" and pragmatic. Now the boot is on the other foot and I'm being forced, to fall back on the old saying, to walk a mile in the other guy's shoes.

Was this really how my users saw me? Was I deluding myself in thinking that I'd gained the respect of even the most hardened cynic through the way that I and my staff conducted ourselves? Were we also seen as hopeless parasites, too busy feathering our own nests to worry about the needs of others?

{A little sober reflection}

Hell, no! I was good! *

~ rant over ~


* and modest too

helga_hansen 50F  
1987 posts
2/1/2006 11:20 am

Days off are very important!! I think you should treat yourself to a few in the next few weeks!


Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

GoddessOfTheDawn 106F
11240 posts
2/1/2006 11:28 am

~ nodz ~ and ~nodz~ again at the all too familiar sightz that emerge in the mind

TabithaElectra79 39F

2/1/2006 1:39 pm

You always provide a 'good service'....

southrnpeach333 52F

2/1/2006 2:47 pm

You need a good blow job. I have heard that will cure anything.

freetime648 53F

2/1/2006 2:53 pm

Rest thy mind and soul.......in other words TAKE A DAY OFF!!!!!

xx FREETIME648 xx

rm_PurryKitty2 49M/51F
9753 posts
2/1/2006 3:16 pm

Take a vacation and drink a glass of wine

Purry {=}


FeistySyn 53F

2/1/2006 8:59 pm

good AND modest? isn't that every girl's dream? ... when did you say you were moving to the US?

Apparently the depth of depravity here is bottomless... don't you feel right at home?

TheQuietGuy2005 56M
2386 posts
2/1/2006 10:12 pm

Helga ... You know, I think that's jolly good advice ... I will!

Goddess ... I knew you'd understand!

Tabitha ... Who've you been talking to???

Southrnpeach ... I'll have to work on that!

Free ... Sounds like a plan

PurryKitty ... I can only manage one day off at a time at the moment. How about if I just take the one day but have a bottle of wine?

rm_dizzyandfun 49F
752 posts
2/2/2006 9:51 am

Hey Q..maybe if we BOTH take a day off we can share the bottle LOL

Diz x

AmberSolaire 43M

2/3/2006 11:41 am

bloody good for nothing IS people.bah.groan....winge.
Thought Id half your problem by sharing it.lol....bah....vent ......


TheQuietGuy2005 56M
2386 posts
2/3/2006 6:41 pm

Dizzy ... and the chances of you actually taking a complete day off? Roughly zero?

Swede ... Thanks! Always appreciated

Amber ... Good to see you here again, sir. And, as I always say, a trouble shared is a trouble two people have!

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