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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Nailing jelly to the ceiling

A client has been having an ongoing problem trying to retrofit migration into a rather large project. Seems nobody really bothered to plan too far in advance, and chickens are now coming home to roost. (I wonder if that means that chickens often roost elsewhere. Do they have roosting nightclubs, or roost-a-thons?)

"We're worried about the cost and risk involved." Well, yes, sensible really, as any good project manager will tell you. Risk - identify it, quantify it, mitigate against it, plan for life if it happens. (Sorry, I've just given away the whole ancient and mysterious brotherhood of project managers' secret handshake.)

"We're not happy we can import 10,000,000 thingos* into the system in under a day". No shit, Sherlock. You're talking 115 thingos a second ... not impossible theoretically, but you sure will need some serious lead in your pencil to make that happen.

(* the thingos are somewhat complex chunks of data)

"Can you come and do it for us?" Gee, let me see ... No f(&^$!!! way! Ahhh, that feels better.

Tomorrow, watch me turn this water into wine :-)


  • Hey! Stop giving the game away! do you have any idea how much my lot get paid to appear intlligent about that stuff?


    Oh, and I've seen Grant import more than 10 million thingos AND drink two bottles of red wine in less than ten minutes. So, mr client, just because it's on the internet doesn't mean it's true...

    By Blogger Gordon, at 10:08 PM  

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