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weekly departmental meeting August 6, 2008

Posted by That Guy in Departmental, Meeting Minutes.
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In addition to posting corporatespeak, we will also be posting minutes of meetings we have held. You may be interested.

Weekly Departmental Meeting

1. An employee is leaving our team. She has decided she no longer needs to attend any of our team meetings. Her last day is eight business days from now.

2. Our big project yesterday didn’t fully come together until literally four minutes before it had to go live. One of the teams involved had eight calendar days to finish that.

3. Our “punch list” (definition to come at a later time) was briefly discussed.

4. Our new project — which was handed to me last Thursday, and was not fully approved by all departments until this morning — is still due by COB Friday. Assets from the “holier than thou” department were assigned this morning, and will likely not be in my hands until Friday after COB. I will make it work, because I refuse to present a project half-assed. It would make me look bad, but the “holier than thou” department will come up roses because they “tried really hard”. (And they’re all under contract, so it doesn’t really matter to them.)

5. Another new project was dumped on me today by our corporate office. No one cares about it except the advertisers, and it’s due COB tomorrow. It’s relatively easy, but I’m still not happy about it.

6. We discussed the agonizing conference call I participated in yesterday. My supervisor has to call someone at the corporate office to figure out just what they were talking about, and how to adapt it to my branch of the company (the least-important branch which still has the most-popular properties).

7. The company recently invested several million dollars in a new technological venture. Someone in my department proposed a way to make things easier for multiple departments by using this new technology. My supervisor is going to mention it to the corporate guy mentioned in Point 6, and our guy’s idea will cease to be. Then, in six months, the corporate office will lay out a terrifyingly-bad training plan to teach us how to use this new technology… which we, of our own accord, tried to figure out how to use all on our own.

8. Everyone in the building is complaining vociferously about our new offices. In a workplace with already-fragile morale, this cannot be helpful.

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