Jan. 12th, 2016

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I keep meaning to write something and post it.  Well, here I am with about 20 minutes before I leave to go to aikido, hurrying to just post something.  Anything.

I'm failing to understand processes at work, lately.  Today, I had someone cold call me because she saw my name in a RACI matrix related to a new project.  On that basis, she believed I knew about the project, but it turns out I only knew who had put my name there, not about the project.  It was a good match for my skills and interests at work, so fair enough.  Normally, someone asks me before assigning me something.  This is the second time, though.

In December, I was told I was preparing a "security framework" (no, I don't know what they meant by that exactly either, but I'm better prepared to guess than you are) for a project here before the end of January.  I met with several panicked groups of people who all claimed to be waiting for this framework, all of whom had different notions about what such a divine scripture could deliver to them.  Well, one of those groups has come forward now to let me know they've changed their minds.  They have an as-is process for onboarding new staff to their application and, while they can see a need for the framework down the road, they don't need it for some time.  The other groups are not forthcoming about their scope for this "framework", but I'm hopeful that their dates aren't as agressive.

I think the most interesting thing about that was the number of people I encountered who believed I was already working on a document for them, even though we'd never spoken to each other before.  Expressing abject ignorance during the round table introductions at a meeting is not conducive to real discussion, I've discovered.

I was told last year that there was a critical requirement for us to update the standards and guidelines my department publishes.  I agreed and produced a proposed approach with short, medium, and long term objectives, which I shared with my manager around April or May, I think.  That manager left during a re-org and I sent the exact same proposal to the chair of a task force looking into process improvements.  He left to a different part of the company and I sent it to one of the managers under my director, who was expressing interest in the status of the task force's work.  I don't know what she did with it, but with 3 weeks to go in December she started issuing demands that the whole catalogue of material be reviewed and updated before the 31st, which was flat out impossible (and I was taking the last 2 weeks off).  Also, not on my list of short, medium, or long term objectives.  I made small changes to a handful of things.  Apparently, so did some others since she happily reported last week that over 80% of the material had been updated.  I suppose that felt like success, in some measure.

The new year feels like an open space or maybe a blank sheet of paper.  Possibility, challenge, and some disappointment that this is all I brought with me from last year.  (It isn't all I brought with me, but the disappointment is there just the same.)

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