2017-05-24

Flaming Hair And The Apocalypse

Dave Mason SQL Server - Flaming Hair And The Apocalypse

If you're a new employee in the IT world, or looking to join it, let me tell you about a scenario that is bound to happen to you. There will be times when you're approached by someone in a frenzy, their hair seemingly on fire. They'll go on to insist the world will come to an end if you don't handle some task for them immediately. As a fan of your own existence, you'll decide to help out. Far be it for you to cause the onset of the apocalypse and doom mankind. You'll drop whatever it is you're currently working on, complete the task within the mandated time frame, and maybe get a "thanks" for your efforts.

Don't be surprised to hear back from that person weeks or months later, typically in the context of a "Hey, this is wrong" conversation. Why did it take so long to get back to you? Because it obviously wasn't an emergency in the first place. And now for a second time, you'll be expected to drop whatever it is you're working on and help this person who has already monopolized and squandered your time.

Sadly, this is the way the IT world works. I accept it. And you should too. But that doesn't necessarily mean we have to like it.

How do I know these things? Because I've "saved the world" countless times myself. You see, each morning when I wake up, I look out the window and notice that the sun once again rose in the east. I'm enveloped in smugness with the knowledge that the earth continues to rotate about its axis, revolving around the sun, and not hurtling toward a black hole.

Yep, I've saved the world many times. It's true. Y'all can thank me later...


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