Posts Tagged ‘ Work ’

What Others Dream. We Do.

September 28, 2011
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What Others Dream. We Do.

It’s been a big week at work, the first 787 was delivered. There are a lot of milestones between the launch of a program and delivery, some artificial (“roll-out”) and some very important (certification) . Delivery may be about the most important, it shows not only can we build an aircraft that meets all the regulatory requirements, but we built one that meets the customer’s requirement. And we are in business because of the customer. I’ve been on and off this program a number of times. It started seven years ago talking about AGUs, DCUs, ACPs, AMUs and a whole alphabet soup of acronyms. A couple of years later I was pulled back to work some avionics issues and my most recent stint has been working as a manufacturing engineer. It’a all been challenging, it’s all been difficult, but it’s also been a rewarding experience, working with some great people. It’s nice to sit back and look at what’s been achieved since we sat in a room talking architecture. There is so much more to do, but for a few hours it was fun to sit back and think about the thousands of people all over the world working...

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That burnout thing…

March 28, 2011
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I spoke a month or two ago about burnout and what I was going through. I said my friends called it and they were right, I’ve been successful at cutting the traveling down a little, delegating some work and enjoying weekends off. I still find the motivation a little difficult to come by at times, but I do have some great people around me. As far as the traveling goes. I was supposed to be in Wichita next week, but there is way too much to be done in Everett this week. The return trip to Japan has been postponed, obviously. The work is split into three areas, my leaders, the other leads and my group. All three are very supportive of what needs to be done and being there when I need help. The leadership understand what is going on, they understand the pressure that is on all of us on the program and have done an excellent job in supporting the leads and engineers. There is understanding that there is more work to be done than we can realistically do. Priorities are set, communicated and then we are left to get it done. If help is requested...

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Out of the office and…

March 23, 2011
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Out of the office and…

I have been out of the office in meetings over the last couple of days, it’s been nice to spend a little time outside in this weather. This was the view from the car park at the partners, blue sky, white clouds and mountain on the horizon. I like this.

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I now have a new definition of cold

March 1, 2011
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I now have a new definition of cold

I now have a new definition of cold. Forget Jack from Titanic and his puny not much bellow freezing hypothermia. Today in Winnipeg it was -21 with the wind chill taking it down another 12 or 15 degrees, and these are in new world Celsius. This is manly hypothermia weather. Walking out of a building into that takes your breath away and gives you an immediate ice-cream headache. It’s quite something to experience and the locals say you never really get used to it being this cold. It’s been a great trip, very productive, fun people and from what we’ve seen of it an interesting city. Tonight there is curling going on, it was described to me today as the perfect Canadian sport; you can do it while drinking beer. It will be fun to go along and watch for an hour and have a drink. One thing of interest is that there are far fewer SUV’s and 4WD than you’d see in Bellevue. And despite piles of snow around the city that are the size of a small office block and people having to use their snow blowers to get back into their garage an hour after they...

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One morning you could see her panties…

February 24, 2011
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One morning you could see her panties…

I’ve been thinking about this and every trip, be it pleasure or business, has a moment that defines the trip. Karaoke in Nagoya, the unexpected hole in the wall barbeque place we were steered towards in Long Beach and so on. Nothing many others have not written about in the past. Tulsa (and I was only in Tulsa for 36 hours) brought up a number of themes. There was the exceptional (the steak in Mahogany’s), the “we tried, but were ultimately totally incompetent (the hotel) and the “WTF” (security guard). The security guard provided the title, but it was a close run thing. I’ve not spent much time in the midwest, Oklahoma city, Whichita and a few days in Omaha is about it. The people are always interesting and they know how to cut, age and cook a steak, which neatly brings me too… The Exceptional As we were leaving the factory yesterday we asked for a recommendation for great steak, we are in the midwest and it seems natural, we were told Mahogany’s is the place. They were right, lets be clear the wagu beef I had in Japan a few years ago will always be number one...

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Long Acres

February 8, 2011
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Long Acres

Spent the afternoon with a shirt and tie on pitching to the decision makers in Long Acres. Good meetings, ran long, but none the less good. Stopped in Ikea on the way home, this is somewhere I rarely visit, I can’t stand the crowds and the slow “Ikea shuffle” as everyone winds their way through the store at the pace of the slowest. At 7 O’clock on a Tuesday night it’s more my scene, almost empty, staff with time to answer my dumb questions about cut outs, TV weights and so on, as I try to design the perfect media wall and take notes. Help was rendered, decisions made and I came home with a Land Rover full of good stuff, the house is starting to come together.

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My friends called it…

January 18, 2011
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I’ve been travelling a lot for work in the last few months, and there will be more plenty more in the immediate future. There have been times when inspiration has been difficult to come by and motivation may not be totally there. One of my friends called it before I recognized it, I’m approaching burnout. I’ve been here before, taking a few moments to look I recognize the symptoms and about the only surprise is that it’s taken this long to get here. So what do I do about it? How do I handle it? First, work less. Doing what I do it’s way easier to say “work less” than actually do it. I’ll start small, lets say no weekend overtime for the next month or two. Then reduce what I work on from home by leaving my laptop at work and only take reading and editing stuff home. From experience, working less does not always mean getting less done; it means being more focused on what I do work on and delegating to my group more. Hand in hand with not working, as much is a little redefining of what a good or successful day looks like. Progress...

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A beautiful winter morning

January 3, 2011
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A beautiful winter morning

I’ve been back from London and the snow (actually ice now) is still on the ground. This morning was cold, clear skied and beautiful, this was taken on my drive into work this morning.

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Konnichi Wa

December 11, 2010
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Konnichi Wa

Days like this give those stressful days with all the bad stuff and accusations a more healthy perspective. It’s been an up and down week. Rough at times and wonderful in other moments, both personally and professionally; it’s nice to be around people who look after what they need to do. I’ve a lot of confidence in the people around me, and that feels rather good. I have a really good life, and this week helped with appreciating both that and the people I have around me. Thanks. The last week at work has been tough, but ultimately rewarding when it all goes right. Getting to a place where I can really rebuild my career has been hard, but the deeper I get into this job the more I see that everything really is coming together. It’s exciting to be the part of something this big and believe I make a difference. Moving to a “getting excited by the little things” side note: the Delta Lounge at Narita has a really nice line in fresh sushi, internet and so on (the sushi was really good). But it also has the best beer dispenser I’ve ever seen. It takes the...

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True meeting quotes – #3490 in a series of millions…

October 30, 2010
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“Just because we’ve used the phrase “vendor assist” in the presentation, it doesn’t me we will actually help.”

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