Just a cute baby photo for you guys and gals. I took this one this past weekend when I went on a much, much, much too brief trip to the mountains.

Here at work things have been, shall we say, busy. We are at the tail end of something resembling a death march. One of those things where no one worries about anything until the end. Then everyone wants to have an opinion on how the software should look and operate. Then, it’s up to the developers, who have been asking for requirements for nearly a year, to make it happen … no matter how many hours it takes. Here is an excerpt from an e-mail that I received last week:

We need to get this resolved today and do whatever it takes to get this system to the point it is ready to demo. If that means working from 6am when the lab opens until midnight then that is what needs to happen.

In my e-mail, I was referring to the fact that we have no testing documentation because we have no functional requirements … therefore, what are we testing against? No good answers except: “You write the test plan!”. Interesting, putting the fox in charge of the hen house. Have the developer write the test plan? WTF? Oh well. So that’s what I’ve been doing. 15 pages of use cases so far!

So, of course, we’ve been working every day from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM. There is absolutely no reason to work until midnight! We are all tired, a bit cranky, and ready for this to be over with. It should be finished tomorrow … we hope. I’ve had precious little energy to expend on photography, but I miss it.

It’s things like this that make me think KNOW that I need a plan of action to get out of this madness called software development. It’s ran its course. Time for something new. I just have to figure out what that is.

A whole year later!
Mac Flash-like software?

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