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It's Not Magic, It's Work!

18 Dec 2008

Unintended Consequences

The "Quality" project has now been live for almost a week at work. It has been a really interesting project and though there have been challenges, I've come through with a solution that I'm mostly happy with.

One of the nice unexpected outcomes has been that throughput on the line has risen by 15% now that staff are not writing numbers down and instead using bar-code scanners or interfacing the test equipment directly with SAP. This means that they can do what they are paid and trained for - build product - rather than filling out endless forms.

One of the less good outcomes was a report I wrote sometime ago for a different part of the business started to produce strange results. The reason was that there was a subtle bug in my report that no one noticed before but the new data in the system exposed. Thankfully it was a one line change to a SELECT statement and it's all fixed now.

It's been one of the best projects I've worked on at work for ages, partially because it's been a "multi-disciplinary" project that I'm best suited to, being a generalist rather than a specialist, it's had a large Perl element and it's been actually fun to do with good people to work with.

Fluffy Wuffy Bunny Rabbits

In a move to be more positive, there will be no cynical post on here for a few days, no rants, and no spleen venting!

The QM project at work has gone in this week, there have been a few inevitable issues, but overall it's actually gone in on time, to spec and to budget! Not bad going given that overall most project fail in at least one of the three constraints.

I've now got a few oddments left over before the Yuletide which isn't bad, then new projects all start in the new year!