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Re: What makes me crazy and annoyed..
« Reply #555 on: October 09, 2014, 02:35:14 pm »
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Re: What makes me crazy and annoyed..
« Reply #556 on: October 09, 2014, 03:35:04 pm »
Actually, there CAN be too many meetings.....

Once upon a time, there was this company that had multiple meeting rooms. And the way they chose to control the usage of said rooms was through MS Outlook: they set the rooms up like any other entity (person) and one simply booked the room by "inviting" whichever room one wanted for a mandatory 'meeting' through a block of time on a particular date. This system really worked very well because 1) everyone could see who had what meeting room at what time. 2) the rooms could not be double- scheduled as Outlook would not allow it. So in short, the system worked great..... except for the people setting up the meetings. Alas, several of them would show up just before my meeting in a given room and show surprise as I had not been expected at their meeting. "Ah, but the meeting about to start here is my meeting" I would say. To which they would explain how important their meeting was (much more so than mine), how their meeting could not be rescheduled (implying of course that mine could- easily) and finally, insisting I vacate the room post haste!  Now, I was always careful to put my coffee down at the start of this tantrum 'cause I always ended up laughing (hey, it WAS funny!).  :rotflmao:  I would then counter their arguments by inviting them to MY meeting because 1) they were already there (convenient, huh?). 2) My meeting were always a LOT more fun than anyone else's meetings. 3) My meetings were productive, at least somewhat. 4) My meetings had an end.  :rotflmao: <some more> 

Now here comes the funny part (you knew there had to be a funny part, right?). I called a meeting to discuss the mechanism by which one booked a meeting room and made it mandatory for the people in the 'troublesome' department. Some of them were not amused but I was, as was virtually everyone else looking on. :-)

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Re: What makes me crazy and annoyed..
« Reply #557 on: October 09, 2014, 05:50:34 pm »
So, Brian, am I to understand it that you were behind a meeting?  A meeting of the BTF I assume (Brian-er-Brain Trust Foundation)?  I am annoyed that I never took you as a meeting organizer :-\

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Re: What makes me crazy and annoyed..
« Reply #558 on: October 10, 2014, 06:48:37 am »
Meetings are the bane of my professional existence. Almost all recurring meetings are black holes that suck resources and give lethal radiation in return. As a manager I rarely scheduled meetings with more than myself and 1 or 2 other people at the most. I had an engineer ask me in a 1 on 1 why I didn't hold a weekly staff meetings. I said we're meeting right now and asked what he wanted to know. He said he wanted to know more about what others in the group were working on. In about 60 seconds I told him what others were working on and to feel free to talk to the others whenever. What is it with American corporate culture that management thinks holding meetings is the primary function of management? Makes me crazy and annoyed!!!

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Re: What makes me crazy and annoyed..
« Reply #559 on: October 10, 2014, 08:21:12 am »
Yep.... well, actually in front of most meetings. :-)

Meetings, if done anywhere near correctly, beat back chaos. And chaos is the antithesis of progress. For example, if I was to set up a meeting about... oh, I don't know..... let's say: throttle recalibration, I would push chaos to the side and open the path to progress. See?

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Re: What makes me crazy and annoyed..
« Reply #560 on: October 10, 2014, 11:13:03 am »
In my experience, meetings cause chaos.

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Re: What makes me crazy and annoyed..
« Reply #561 on: October 10, 2014, 11:41:07 am »
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Re: What makes me crazy and annoyed..
« Reply #562 on: October 10, 2014, 02:29:45 pm »
I think that was the very one I was talking about earlier! And it hung on the wall for years without anyone taking it down because it was really a de- motivational poster. Too funny. We could always tell who 'got it' though 'cause there would be the long look at the poster followed by the chuckle.... again.

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Re: What makes me crazy and annoyed..
« Reply #563 on: October 10, 2014, 03:29:12 pm »
So when modeling anything in any precision package today, such as Solidworks, ProE, etc., it is common to put something in the model to show relative size. This is normally done with a model of a 'human' so everyone can see how big / tall / wide / long the [machine, product line, device] is through comparison. A normal model would be something like this- labeled 'human' and scaled to be six feet tall:



Fine and well but honestly, pretty boring. Well, I picked up this little gem with a little more humor in it while I was in Germany and it is aptly named Frau Grosse, meaning 'big woman'. She is 1.7 meters tall and I can only guess as to her other measurements:



So for vendor use, I use the 'human' or similar and it is never commented on because everyone knows what it is and why it is there. But for internal use (Easy Boys! I mean internal to one company!) I slip in (Boys!) Frau Grosse to amuse myself and others. I have been very careful not to confuse the two situations of course.... except this one time when presenting an entire, absolutely huge process line to.... wait for it.... A Fortune 100 company. Someone notices a splash of color behind something and asks about it.... after some rotating and zooming, there she is in all her glory standing behind the line.... Frau Grosse. I forgot to swap her with 'human' for this presentation. This was a video conference and both groups (mine and the Op. For.) go completely silent while we stare at Miss Big Woman. Finally, a gentleman at the other company asks where her nipples are and everybody in both rooms loses all control. Same guy called me later in the day and asked for the file of Frau Grosse.  :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

And you say meetings cause chaos- sheesh!

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In my experience, meetings cause chaos.
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Re: What makes me crazy and annoyed..
« Reply #564 on: October 10, 2014, 04:28:13 pm »
So for vendor use, I use the 'human' or similar and it is never commented on because everyone knows what it is and why it is there. But for internal use (Easy Boys! I mean internal to one company!) I slip in (Boys!) Frau Grosse to amuse myself and others. I have been very careful not to confuse the two situations of course.... except this one time when presenting an entire, absolutely huge process line to.... wait for it.... A Fortune 100 company. Someone notices a splash of color behind something and asks about it.... after some rotating and zooming, there she is in all her glory standing behind the line.... Frau Grosse. I forgot to swap her with 'human' for this presentation.

Very good Brian, you should continue to practice good Configuration Management (CM) practices to keep things in control better.  You properly re-identified the item because Frau Grosse  is Form/Fit/Functionally different than human.
Do you also impose revision control?

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Re: What makes me crazy and annoyed..
« Reply #565 on: October 10, 2014, 05:03:54 pm »
On the second part, it does not matter because as long as the model is given different file names (and the leaders / tags are kept blank), they can be inserted / removed / reinserted (Easy Boys!) as often as you want. The only people that get to previous revisions are co- workers and they have all see Frau Grosse. Mr. Elkhoof too but I am holding Kirby in reserve for that special day when there is absolutely nothing else amusing going on anywhere nearby.

The first part is more ambiguous only because so many humans are involved. There is the 'how it is supposed to work', then the 'how we think it works' but those two pale compared with 'how it really works'.... which, of course like Rhino's meetings, is based in chaos in practice if not design.  ;) :o :-\

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Very good Brian, you should continue to practice good Configuration Management (CM) practices to keep things in control better.  You properly re-identified the item because Frau Grosse  is Form/Fit/Functionally different than human.
Do you also impose revision control?

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Re: What makes me crazy and annoyed..
« Reply #566 on: October 10, 2014, 05:10:55 pm »

Nothing to worry about.  We can always write an EC (Engineering Change) when a modification is required. ;)

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Re: What makes me crazy and annoyed..
« Reply #567 on: October 10, 2014, 06:31:36 pm »
Yep.... well, actually in front of most meetings. :-)

Meetings, if done anywhere near correctly, beat back chaos. And chaos is the antithesis of progress. For example, if I was to set up a meeting about... oh, I don't know..... let's say: throttle recalibration, I would push chaos to the side and open the path to progress. See?

 :rotflmao:

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I just checked my Outlook calendar, nothing posted yet. :)  You pick the date, I pick the location ;D

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Re: What makes me crazy and annoyed..
« Reply #568 on: October 10, 2014, 07:42:01 pm »
How about 8 June, 2011? You pick the location but on the beach works for me....

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I just checked my Outlook calendar, nothing posted yet. :)  You pick the date, I pick the location ;D
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Re: What makes me crazy and annoyed..
« Reply #569 on: October 10, 2014, 07:44:18 pm »
That or a C.A.R. (Corrective Action Request). :-(   Now there is a pestilence to all of mankind and of benefit to absolutely no one that I know of. And it pits different groups in the same organization against each other. I am cranky and annoyed just thinking about them....

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Nothing to worry about.  We can always write an EC (Engineering Change) when a modification is required. ;)
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