you know what's frustrating?

i'm experiencing a lull in my responsibilities at work. i have been for over a week now. when it was about to happen i sent an email to my team lead (C) who said "great! thanks for the update, we'll try to find something for you to do." a day later, she came back with, "It looks like S (an architect) could really use your help on the XYZ application. he should be getting in touch with you soon." two days went by. i get a brief message from S where he re-states his intentions to give me something. i include in my status report (which C, S, and a bunch of other people see) that i've been promised work on XYZ, but haven't gotten it yet. earlier this week (but not monday) i get yet another confirmation from S that he's got something for me to work on soon. we talk briefly about the fact that it'd be better if this was a java and cold fusion thing vs a just-java thing because, being new to java, i'm faster when at least part of what i'm doing speaks my language. he points out that the dual-language issue is more complicated than the just-java one. i make it clear this is not a problem. he promises to send me something "soon." that was the last i heard of it. today, i am greeted by this email from the boss-man (E is S's team lead): We have an "all hands on deck" issue today. We must meet the XYZ client's expectations for Monday. S and E are aware of what needs to be done. I ask that all of you be ready to help if needed. <<snipped stuff you don't care about>> Please make yourself available as needed. This may mean OT for some this weekend. C and E will assess that need later today, hopefully that will not be the case, but just in case, I wanted everyone to realize the possibility. Thank you for your understanding and support on this critical delivery. seriously. i've been sitting on my little ass for more than a week saying "please give me something to do!" and nothing has happened. it's not like i'm one of those useless "if we give it to her it'll slow us down" employees, either. i'm a go-to girl. i'm one of the few people on the team they're comfortable dumping into a new mess and expect fast fixed turnaround. but this. i just... ugh. if i have to work overtime this weekend i'm gonna be very, very upset.


At 10/29/2005 08:53:00 AM, Blogger kelly said...


at about 12:30 friday i got a message saying "ask D what help he needs." so i helped until it was past time to go and i got stuck to the point i could not verify that what i thought was wrong was wrong.

it was.

the guy in charge of fixing that said he'd look into it. i told him (and S, the guy in charge of the weekend): "okay, great. you do that, and if it's still broke, lemme know and i'll take another look tomorrow."

yep. tomorrow, otherwise known as saturday. i could have said "great! see you monday!" and run away before anyone could tell me differently, but i didn't. i think it's because i have a soul. everyone i mention this to says "get out before they find out and take it from you."

i checked this morning and nobody had anything for me (because they weren't there yet). so far. so good.

At 10/30/2005 12:03:00 AM, Anonymous will said...

did they end up having anything for you?

At 10/30/2005 06:43:00 AM, Blogger kelly said...

not yet. i logged in late last night and said, "if you need me on sunday, call me."

if this were my application, i'd be a bit more agressive about lending a hand, but after being pretty ignored all week, not so much.

plus, i think my skill level might slow them down. the bitty stuff that i could do with no problem doesn't need to get done.


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