Thursday, July 28, 2011

cats and dogs living together: how team rc rolls!

So we were rolling out a new complex system with our neuroinformatics folks and started to hit a lot of issues. Development team, systems team were all totally confused - turns out that this whole brain science thing is rather complicated after all - who on earth would have thought right ;-)?

So rather than the crazy finger pointing 10,000 email thread stuff I've seen go on in various shops we did a simple thing... got the team together! I can't underestimate the power of folks that work on tough projects to actually get in the same room, pull up an ssh session and have at it. Reminds me of the old ghostbusters line (thanks to imdb):
Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!
Mayor: All right, all right! I get the point!

Turns out that Dr. Venkman was wrong in this case - we totally nailed all our issues, one of the best meetings I've seen in a long while! Go team!

[any opinions here are all mine, and have absolutely nothing to do with my employer]
(c) 2011 James Cuff