Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Working in Circles

I've been pretty quiet recently - primarily because my life has become an endless round of software testing for the vendor.

- Get a new build
- Test the things that are supposed to be fixed
- Find the things that are REALLY fixed
- Find another bug for each item fixed
- Get a new build........

My weekends for the past 1.5 months have been eaten up with testing the software. It will continue to be this way for the forseeable future.

Yesterday, the vendor came up with the idea that we now need to get builds every 2 days. The problem with this theory - the client team now has no time to do anything else required for this project. We have become the QA department for the vendor.

I haven't touched anything smacking of education - besides the stuff we've already committed to. No documentation, no planning, no lesson prep.....

The team members who are supposed to be doing system configuration (especially after we lost everything during one build upgrade) are spending all of their time testing the builds.

Support for our current system has dropped to near zero - which is starting to frustrate our users....

The only good news ... we are not going live until we deem we have a clean build.

Of course, at the rate we are going - this may be 2009.

So, if I somehow find time to continue my instructional development efforts, I may have a fighting chance of having everything together for this massive training we have to do.

This assumes there are 48 hours in a day and endless reserves of energy.

In the meantime our team is going to....

- Get a new build
- Test the things that are supposed to be fixed
- Find the things that are REALLY fixed
- Find another bug for each item fixed
- Get a new build........

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