Wednesday, August 02, 2006

“A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

I wish I could print the work calendar for myself today….there was not a single point where I had no meeting…:D…it started from 9 and ended at 5 p.m. All different meetings but it was simply traveling from one meeting room to another!

“A meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours wasted.” ~ James T. Kirk

I felt like writing about this journey to rooms …until my last meeting which in my life-time I have never experienced.

“There are two ways of meeting difficulties: You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them.” ~ Phyllis Bottome

Basically, I was invited into this meeting due to some change happening in some crap system and someone said it might have impact on to our system ;)...well its always good to make sure from the RACI point of view but then I think one should know what changes are going to happen and what they may think will impact others.

“Technological change is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.” ~ Albert Einstein
Anyway, we all came into the room. The PM is a person who is always in a fast forward mind and she doesn’t remember what ever is said in the meeting the moment she comes out of it..boy I wonder the poor analysts and the developers and probably the business who might have to remind her what she said or probably have to prove that –that’s not there action item :D

“Life is rather like a tin of sardines - we're all of us looking for the key.” ~ Allan Bennett

Quickly this PM - she discussed what’s going to happen in there system and then the impact when we analyzed we weren’t worried if it’s not going to impact the clients. Any internal code change we weren’t interested as we knew it’s not going to impact our being online.

“They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

The moment we – as in business and myself we clarified, this PM said ok fine no impact this meeting is adjourned…! And all of a sudden from RM someone entered last minute and the whole scene now turned topsy- turvy !!! All of a sudden there are so many changes and we have to map the codes with our system and blah blah!

“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~ Anais Nin

The RM had language issue hence I was trying to understand from our end what changes we need to make and when I asked the question, the RM lady tried to draw on the board and all of a sudden the PM winks at me and says – you are not going to understand anyway what she (RM) is saying and so don’t waste time and she tells RM – please don’t draw anything it’s a waste of time …hahah gosh I have never seen like that so upfront and on the face…:O boy!!!!!

“Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today's jobs with yesterday's tools.”
Then I took the control saying I need to verify certain things for which the action item was from there end and hence we adjourned the meeting saying complete the action item and then we will verify from our end. From my side everyone agreed and even business was quite supportive.
The moment we stepped out of the room the PM calls me and says so it’s your action item to figure out and I said- NOPE!!!!

“There comes that mysterious meeting in life when someone acknowledges who we are and what we can be, igniting the circuits of our highest potential.” ~ Rusty Berkus

Thank god, the analyst from there end was quite honest who said its her action item: D…but the hilarious part was the way the meeting was organized and conducted…at least for my team, App support, Business they all felt they were stressed out from that meeting as the ladies were chatting all over the place…and no one had a clue who’s saying what!!!!

“Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.” ~ George Santayana

Boy I pity those people who work with them…there might be hardly any time when the requirements must be getting signed off in couple of meetings :D….this was a new experience for me in my project management life – I found it very unique and hence wanted to add a page on my blog ;)

“Pity is for the living, envy is for the dead” ~ Mark Twain

Do share if you also had any such instances…!

“Meeting people unlike oneself does not enlarge one's outlook; it only confirms one's idea that one is unique” ~ Elizabeth Bowen

20 comments:

Marthyan said...

“They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

The time or oneself ? :)

Love th quote and the post Dawn

Keshi said...

**you are not going to understand anyway what she (RM) is saying and so don’t waste time and she tells RM – please don’t draw anything it’s a waste of time

LOL Omg I have never seen anything like that at a meeting!

Keshi.

neihal said...

quite a PM this lady is...it must be so irritating for her team...

“A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”
Something to think about.

Manish said...

hmmmm us Proj Mgr ne aisa kyun kaha? Banti nahin kya tum donon ki?
bhagwan bachaye aise logon se.

waise ye RM yani Research Mgr ya aur kuch?

starry nights said...

Love this quote."There comes that mysterious meeting in life when someone acknowledges who we are and what we can be, igniting the circuits of our highest potential.” so true

kaunquest said...

THEM! They always do that, don't they? I can imagine those scenes, have stumbled upon few such moments myself! :)

Dawn....सेहर said...

marthyan: You change urself or the time changes its one n the same thing now a days as man is tied-up to time :D
Thanks for appreciating it overall
Cheers

keshi: Yes dear,...I was only zapped and was laughing out when we came out of that meeting room. The PM is a funny jolly person with a big mouth :D..so imagine
hugggzzz

neihal: Yes, I also thought the same...! Can you imagine working under stress and pressure and this will be add on :D
Thanks dear
Cheers

manish: PM n myself we joke a lot and we never came across workwise so there is nothing that we hate about eachother or dislike..! But as she is funny lady so is her big mouth! Many times it seems that nature of hers helps her in getting things done as ppl dont want to mess with her :D...but its her style ;)
no hard feelings with me...she loves me like hell :D
Cheers

starry night: Thanks dear for liking it...:)
Cheers

kaunquest: hey long time no see...:) am glad someone is there who has gone thru similar kind ..lol
Thanks buddy
cheers

Pavan said...

awesome creations, I loved the stuff here...infact its been a plesure dropping by!
Blessed writing!

I love Munich said...

I don't remember such a meeting off-hand right now (never a dull moment!;)- but I love all the quotes and copied a bunch already!
THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING!!!

neihal said...

Hey Dawn...happy freindship day

Dh@v@! said...

"A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind" too good...
nice collection of quotes...

Keshi said...

I like funny ppl :) especially at work.

Keshi.

Anand said...

hah!
U find such samples everywhere!!!
in my earlier company too I had such people who wld just not remember stuff...even if they got a meeting reminder just 10 min before the meeting...they wld forget it!

Shirazi said...

I loved this post, particularly images.

Ekta said...

oh god!
Such people are forever sooo painful!
Hate characters like them!

Dawn....सेहर said...

pavan: Welcome to my blog Pavan and thanks for all the nice encouraging words. Pls do come again
Cheers

i love munich: am glad you liked them Karin :D
cheers

neihal: Thank you so much dear and I wish the same to you too ;)
cheers always

dh@v@!: welcome to my blog dear and thanks for liking them all :D
do come again
cheers

keshi: Yes dear me too as it adds more humor to ur working life. In this meeting I was only laughing when I was in and when I was out..in fact I shared with some colleagues and had a blast :D…life is to enjoy after all ;)
Cheers babe

anand: Yes ….we do have some ;)
hope u enjoyed those days :D
cheers

shirazi: Welcome Shirazi to my blog…and thanks for liking them. Do come again, pls
cheers

ekta: hehe sometimes they are funny too only if you are taking it lightly ;)
cheers dear

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