Friday, May 18, 2007

Stupid things people say

I work in software development, and my team is getting ready to move our set of applications to new servers. It's a complex deployment, but we've put together a plan and have gone through the migration steps twice to test servers to make sure we can do it without any problems so as to minimize the interruptions to our users. We're getting ready to do the final migration in a couple of weeks.

As part of the migration, there are some steps that we require another group to perform. As lead software architect, I was called into a meeting for them to suggest alternative ways to perform these steps (because it meant less work for them). I expressed concern because doing things differently than what we tested, and what we knew worked, would introduce unnecessary risks of unforeseen problems. They then asked me to list out the unforeseen problems.

Uh ...

If I could list them, wouldn't that make them foreseen problems? What exactly is it about unforeseen that you don't understand?

5 comments:

Kengo Biddles said...

Yes, the intelligence of people at times is absolutely shocking. Did you say that to them? You should've. >:)

Abelard Enigma said...

No, I'm not that quick. I always think of witty things to say - after the fact.

playasinmar said...

Carry an air horn if you can't think of something witty fast enough. In situations (like this one) where you need to be witty but can't think of a good line just blast the air horn and never explain why.

iwonder said...

playasinmar - that's a brilliant idea. I love it.

Abelard Enigma said...

just blast the air horn and never explain why

Given that I work out of my home and all of my meetings are teleconferences via phone - it just doesn't seem like it would have the same effect :)