Consulting

Miami

I’m in Miami on work, helping these folks bring up a new compute server. They’re one of those truly interesting groups – a hundred years of plant research – 300 subspecies of mature mango tree on the campus – that sort of thing. I’ve been…

Conference Call Fundamentals

Conference call. 9 participants. Meeting starts. Then this gem: Tonya, you’re not on the call, right.  Tonya? Conclusion – no – she was not on the call. I want my four minutes back.

Cave of the Winds

Some of my customers are much, much cooler than others. Working for one of the cooler ones this week – in the data center. Data centers, for those of you who have not had the pleasure, tend to be cold and windy places with ambient…

Business

I fill something of a leadership role in my company – and I find myself re-inventing a lot of wheels. My stock line is that in another few years I’ll have re-discovered everything that they tell you on the first day of MBA school. I’m…

My Day

Vignette 1 I spend the morning stomping the stupid out of several prospective plans. Stomp stomp stomp. At one point I was heard to say, “look, don’t imagine that you can hurt my feelings here. We’re talking about technology and I’m pretty sure I’m right.…

Underwater

If anyone was wondering why I’ve been missing from LJ (hello? LJ?) it’s because I’m down in VA again – absolutely flat out for one one my favorite customers. Thats “flat out,” like the awesome hillbilly racing game that technolope showed me. We’re standing up…

Keeping up Appearances

So I’m on the road again – but to a familiar place (Atlanta). I am, however, doing an unfamiliar dance. I appear to have lost lock and allowed five (ten? fifteen?) years to pass. Perhaps it was more. This is not my beautiful house –…

Done

I write these words from the Maharaja Lounge of the Delhi airport. I am sitting with my business class peers (three of whom are stomping around and singing, as two year olds are wont to do). There is championship level cricket on the TV. Half…

Last Day

Woke up thinking “I get to go home today.” Of course, I need to get through from now (7am) to when my plane leaves (11:10pm). Fifteen hours after that, it’ll be 4:45am in New York, and my plane will land. Tanned, rested, and lively –…

Victory

Since I have whined, it’s only right to report on the good times. Everything came together today. I rolled in and delivered my final seminar – which I was able to take at a relaxed and deliberate pace – knowing that there was no need…