Friday, May 9, 2008

Catching up on Documentation

Been catching up on the work as the 2 week training had given me some backlog on the documentation front. A lot of time is spent documenting the project work that people sometimes get lost on the process rather than focusing on the product. But some would correctly argue that the quality of the product will be at risk if the process is not well followed. So there should be a balance between the the process and the work needed to complete the needed product. But after all, at the end of the day it is the product that the customer will appreciate. Documentation is just one facet of the process and should not be the end all and be all.

I also need to complete my work for the month on the enterprise PM tool that we all use to manage our project work. Entering time sheets data for man hours, estimating budgets and estimated time to complete, preparing project dash boards, re-forecasting and all such administrative work needed in project management which includes the dreaded documentation. Complicating the work is the problems that arise during operations that need your immediate attention. For instance, the server went down which affected all my projects. None of the sites where working so I had to follow-up, test if working, follow-up again and so on.

The server had problems since Monday but all applications are now up except a significant one for my current project. Coupled with that are the work that needs to be done to prepare the production environment. These are actually the challenges I like, to work with people, trouble shoot and solve problems, the work which needs constant interaction with people instead of the drudgery of administrative work. Anyway this may all end soon in the coming months. The impending retrenchment has started me dreaming about Australia. Maybe I should start planning to migrate there soon.

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