April 12, 2011

It's Going To Be Alright!

My hiatus from this blog was mainly due to work. That's not a big surprise actually.

Not that I hate my work, I actually enjoyed it a lot.

It started 6 months ago, when the team received news that we were to drop whatever work we were doing to start working on a new R&D project which involved building a platform.

As with new projects, come new uncertainties and challenges. This was nothing new with our project. As it turned out, we had to overcome a very steep mountain of learning and applying new technology, working with new overseas colleagues as well as get used to being under the scrutiny of top level management (our "chickens").

Some found the new project daunting; others enjoyed the challenge and for me, the usual ups and downs came with it.

So, my dedication to the new project did "distract" me from working on my photos and this blog as when I got home, I was really tired - both mentally and physically. I recalled the words from a former boss that "if you feel tired after a good day's work - it's really worth it".

Stuff from work and home overwhelmed me to the point that I no longer have time to gym which makes me very irritable and moody at times. Not good.

Anyway, 6 months later, we've got another piece of news. We are to drop everything we've been working on this project to pick up another product to continue to develop and support. We were like "WTF??!"


The news was delivered to us on a Friday. Boy, what a way to start your weekend. We had time to digest the news.

Rusty always smile... not knowing what will happen next...

A conference call was setup for the following week to discuss certain matters. The team was settling down to the news and thought that the call had to do with transition plans. However, our unit boss was in the call to reiterate the plan and "instruct" us to do what is necessary. Not very helpful. That made everyone quite disappointed and frankly, a little "pissed off".

Oh well, given a little bit of time - things have settled down quite a bit. With new colleagues joining the team changing the dynamics a little; the team is focused to getting things done and getting people up to speed. Another piece of news is that an ex-team member is headed back our way to help out with managing the product.

The middle management has been really trying their utmost best to smooth things out. Frankly, in the above matter, 3 teams were badly affected by the news. 2 had to swap products, and another is now overwhelmed with the fact that they've got no more additional help when the project returns to them!

We're stuck in the middle. On one hand, we're to help out with our existing project as much as possible and on the other, have to approach the other team about knowledge to transition their product. The sad part of the story is that the other team whom we're approaching had their projects taken away twice...

It seems that everyday some of us are reminded about the possible hostile reaction we may face from the other team but I'm trying to keep positive. I know things will be alright.

I believe that no matter what happens, the team will pull through. We thought we could never do what we're doing now and I'm sure we'll be ok.

Guess I'll have to activate my LoA (Law of Attraction) to attract the good and positive. No time and energy to dwell on the negative.

As one friend put it, we have to start getting away from the "Why-this-happened" to "How-to -overcome-this".


  1. Management part din't plan well...that's why valuable resources have been misused again!

  2. What a roller-coaster ride.

  3. Hi Tekkaus, Che-Cheh,

    Tekkaus - Well, management reacted fast enough to a business need. Just that a lot of parties got affected.. Part and parcel of life.

    Che-Cheh - Yes, indeed. Hopefully things will settle down soon.


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