When does the Project finish and the Promise begin?

Here’s the thing… project was delivered in November 2009 after some hurried, but otherwise OK, development and training. Roll-out was heavily supported by floor-walkers on the ground who moved heaven and earth to get it done. 2000 users, 2000 issues (of which 1975½ have been resolved) and 2000 (actually 1000, but I was on a roll) new users waiting to get involved is a formula for an epic project.
The details of what system, where, how and by whom written to be 100% buzzword compliant are saved for the more professional social networking site, where “stakeholder engagement” and “delivered like Australia Post on steroids” make the readers say “Hell Yes!”.

The emotions fit here better. (Actually, the emotions belong on the professional site too IMO, but I’ll comply with the style guide.) I’m on leave next week – 3 weeks in Japan – so now seems like as good a time as any for a post mortem.

So how do I feel? Here’s the thing: I wondered, seriously wondered if we were going to make it just before go-live. But at the same time I realised that we were going to deliver like a seriously ambitious blow for the strategic goals of the enterprise. (Sorry. That belongs on the other thing.)

I was most looking forward to the go-live. You can’t hide, can’t run away. You bite off more than you can chew and just keep chewin’! Besides, wearing a bright red t-shirt embossed with the project name is no way to remain anonymous. Adrenaline (or nor-epinephrine, to give it its proper name) kept the fire up.

Did I believe in the project so much that I didn’t need coffee, sleep or reason to keep me going? It is a feeling worth sharing. (Before you get worried… No, there’s nothing sexual about it.)

I’ve just delivered 2 days of training in to consolidate, to contextualise, to draw the line separating a project from a finished product.

It feels good to be going on leave now. Someone else can have a go. I can sleep now… well… once I get back to Canberra.

‘Hybrids’ thrive in Japan, Aussie says | The Japan Times Online

The social commentary starts early. 🙂
The article below is by an Australian who has lived in Japan for 25 years. He suggests that a foreigner does not need to become Japanese to be accepted by the Japanese. I think that there’s something in that. I read too many opinions like ‘Japan is a homogeneous society’ and references to long periods of isolation in its distant history. About time there were some counter arguments. It is true that compared to Australia, Japan appears mono-cultural, but then so do many countries.
via ‘Hybrids’ thrive in Japan, Aussie says | The Japan Times Online.

Restarting my blog (was “Where did my Yahoo360 blog go?)

I’ve given up on Yahoo for blogging.  Yahoo 360 was OK, but it was closed down last year.  Apparently I was given the opportunity of migrating the content before the cut-off, but I can’t seem to find the email notifying me of its impending demise.  So all of that brilliant work and incisive social comment is now gone.  Few read it and now no one else can.  You would have loved my thinkpieces on public baths in Japan, my series on cars and discussion (one-sided) on the Japanese Tribal Mind (with references to Gregory Clark’s thinkpiece http://gregoryclark.net/tribeq.html ).

To be honest, I just need somewhere reliable to post my travelblog for the next few weeks.  I’ll be Japan in February.  I much prefer a blog to myface as I am more wordy than can be read in those tiny spaces on a wall.

Now that I look a realise that my wife has been blogging almost every day since January 2006.  Mostly posts and photos about the food we are eating, the new outfits for our dogs or me sleeping with two dogs licking my face.  Of course her face is obscured in photos, whereas my body in all of its candid glory can be seen regularly.   Funny how she can use Paint to hide herself but she never thinks to use it to help me lose a few kilos.