No one has officially announced anything anywhere, but I am now a release manager (or something like that). I spend most of my days directing email traffic (when I'm not ignoring it or watching Lotus Notes freeze up). Last week I was near meltdown, so stressed my face went numb. This past week was not so bad. I had to lead the weekly status meeting, though, and when I saw who was attending, I thought, At last, someone upstairs will see how incompetent I am and start that severance ball rolling.
But no. Instead, Mr. Big told my mentor that he liked the way I led the meeting. What leading? I didn't do anything! All I can figure out is my mentor is ambitious and a bit confrontational in an attempt to impress, and I'm neither. Maybe Mr. Big finds that refreshing.
Anyway, after this little episode, it occurred to me that too many people have a vested interest in believing I am doing a good job, whether I am or not. Whatever. It also occurred to me that I don't have to be like my mentor. The project is high profile (and being on such a project is against my slacker religion), but I am happy to share the limelight (and the work) with the whole team. Meanwhile, I wonder how long I can use the excuse that I am new to explain away my screw-ups.
Besides routing email, I also spend a lot of time in meetings. We have Web-Based Conferencing, so all we far flung team members can participate through the magic of technology, video on our PCs and audio on our phones. I long ago switched to using a hands-free headset so I can
Fortunately for me, everyone I work with speaks English very well, better even than some of my American co-workers. The only ones I have trouble understanding are the Indians, because they tend to speak rapidly but softly. I do get a kick out of the little mistakes the different nationalities make: pronouncing "synonyms" as syNONyns, making "closed" a two-syllable word (the Latvians do that), writing "rump down" instead of "ramp down", etc. There is one phrase I'm not sure of the origin, though: they talk about "clubbing" defects or reports, as in grouping them. Sounds violent.
I guess that is enough for now. Happy trails to you!