One of the souveniers of my trip to Radford is a busted middle toe. The result of playing soccer in the New River with a large rock. Common consensus is that it is broken.
- Ugly bruisey purple color - check.
- Swelling - check.
- Discomfort wearing shoes - check.
- Unhappy walking more than 500 yards at a time - check.
It's not painful, more uncomfortable. Just enough sensation to let you know that you don't want to mess with it or else it will become painful and you will be soooooo sorry.
Not much you can do about the busted middle toe. Just strap it to the surrounding toes with gauze and first aid tape (or duct tape, depending on which is handier), wear flip flops and stay off it. This too will pass.
From a distance, I got to see the project analog of the busted middle toe.
One of my co-workers is sadly involved in what is quickly devolving to a highly dysfunctional project. I received the following phone call on Wednesday:
Wendy, there is an issue with the color of the interface.
Yeah. The entire system doesn't work. The vendor isn't listening to what we need to have functional before we sign off on anything and this guy is worried about the color of the new interface.
Oh yeah, and he wants to make sure the right logos are on it too.
I think his concerns are more about control than the color or the logos. He has no control over how (or whether) the system works, but he has at least some control over what it all looks like. Therefore, that's what he will focus on. Don't blame him at all for that.
The gentleman who is concerned about the color of the interface (versus having the system actually WORK) is like my middle toe. The middle toe is a generally ignored part of the body. Without it, you can still balance and walk and do lots of things. But my middle toe wants to remind me that it is an important part of the system. And I'm not about to chop it off because of a temporary disagreement.
The toe is uncomfortable now - but if I don't make it comfortable and treat it gently, it could become very painful later on. The gentleman is very senior and has been with the organization a long time, so it's not like my co-worker can chop him off from the project. Especially since he is the final arbiter of all decisions on the project. All my co-worker can do is try to make him comfortable. Maybe flip flops and some tape will help.....