Looking at my e-mail, I see my afternoon will be solid meetings, all of them in the "people around a table at the far end of the building from actual stuff" mold.
This is not what you might call one of my strengths. Or interests. Or can-stay-awake-durings. We're short-handed; most of last week and all but a couple of hours of this week, my efforts have been purely reactive, "CRISIS --> TROUBLESHOOT --> SOLVE." In my line of work when you are doing mostly that, it means you've messed up on maintenance, operator training, infrastructure* and/or staffing† and if you don't fix those fundamental issues, it will only get worse.
Pretty sure I'd have to set up my own little skunkworkings to make a stab at fixing that -- and I'd go broke in the process, too.
* Do not even get me started about the undocumented spatchcock ad-hockery of our LANs, a poorly-controlled mess with responsibility divided between two departments that share a deep aversion to removing no-longer-needed connections. It gets worse from there.
† Not enough people, wrong or insufficient skill sets, poor management/worker balance, etc. A certain amount of this is unavoidable: normal play in the working parts of the machine, without which it could not move. Too much, though, spells doom.
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