June 14, 2011
I am not supposed to talk much about this month’s project but let’s just say it deals with some awesome technology that boldly goes where no man has gone before. Obviously, security in this type of environment is important and taken seriously. At one point, we had to halt our work because we noticed a bundle of new cables had red tape around them. We weren't sure if the color of the tape was indicative of security or nothing so we worked around it for a few days until we got the confirmation that the tape just happened to be red. As a consultant, I have worked in many companies that have varying levels of bureaucracy but this is the first time I have been stopped by literal red tape.
The term mission critical gets thrown around a lot in IT circles but I have a new respect for what it can really mean and accomplish. Everyone on this project has been motivated, committed, and a pleasure to work with. There is a lot of camaraderie throughout the organization that likely comes from such a highly visible and inspired goal. I’m truly going to be disappointed to wrap this project up.