I wasn’t having a good day yesterday. I spent most of the day analyzing regression test results which can be trying and agonizing. Late in day I got email from Nan asking for my test case files for a job I worked on in December, which is now in production. I suspected she was going to throw me under the bus again for something that had gone wrong. A few minutes later I get an email from a product manager detailing ten issues she found with code that is going out in April. As I looked over the list I could feel myself getting overwhelmed. How could I have missed all of these issues? I decided to deal with the product manager’s list later. I IM’d Grace to see if she knew why Nan wanted my files. Grace agreed to do some reconnaissance and get back to me. I emailed my files to Nan and hoped for the best. My day was done so I logged of the network.
I try logging on the network this morning. The Westminster gateway seems to be down. I have no luck with the Newark Gateway. This is not a good sign. I try the Frankfurt and Kuala Lumpur gateways with no luck. I contemplate trying the Shanghai gateway but some of the applications I use can’t be accessed through this gateway because of security issues. I call the IT help desk and hear an announcement advising the corporate VPN is experiencing intermittent global outages. If I can’t access the VPN I’ll have to drive to the office in Westminster. At this time of day it’s an hour drive to the office. I try the Newark gateway one more time and I get in. Wonders never cease!
I open my email and watch the messages start pouring in. Luckily, I only have seventeen new messages. The first email is from Manny, a developer in Toronto, who is one of the super stars of the team. Manny had responded to the product manager’s issues. Manny’s response was close to being a dissertation on why the product managers requirements were poorly written and how the code was performing as expected. He went on to explain how the product manager should have written her requirements to get the expected results. It was a relief to know I didn’t miss an outage. Manny lived up to his super star reputation. The next email is from Grace. She found out Nan couldn’t get a test cases to run for the flagship product line. Nan needed my test files so she could add on her product and see how the models communicated. Nan wasn’t going to throw me under the bus after all.
A potential day from hell has turned into a pleasant drama free day. The day is still young. I’m still looking out of the corner of my eye for the bus that may turn the corner at any moment.