Friday, August 17, 2007

Finishing the Job

Job well doneI always love that day when the project is complete. You get to look back on everything you've accomplished and feel a certain amount of pride in a job well done.

I had one of those days today.

You might remember me mentioning that I got a consulting job with AJ Boggs & Company, a local eBusiness solutions provider. I met the president, Jim Anderson, when we were classmates together in the Leadership Ann Arbor course.

Working with Jim and his people was a good experience. We took an old program that his clients had been using for years and made some adjustments to make it more robust and a more seamless experience for the user.

After months of work, we installed everything last night. We worked late so as not to disrupt the client's normal schedule. I finished the upgrades at 3am this morning. Matt Sebenick, the system administrator, put everything into production this morning and for a whole day we heard exactly what we had hoped...

Nothing.

When you install new systems, no matter how much testing you do, you always worry that there was that one catastrophic bug that you missed. So far -- knock on wood -- so good.

So, for tonight at least, I get to sit back and rest for a while. Maybe I'll even pop some popcorn and throw on a DVD. I think I received "The Guns of Navarone" the other day from NetFlix.

So, what projects have you completed lately? How does it feel to have them done?

4 comments:

Jacki Hollywood Brown said...

Hey Greg,
I finally organized my basement. Yeah, pretty sad coming from a professional organizer but now that everyone else's (family, landlord) stuff is out of my basement I have it all to myself and can get MY stuff where I want it.
It feels great!

Greg Peters said...

Hi, Jacki!

I understand completely. My website has taken me forever to get up and in place -- a trifle embarrassing for a web programmer like myself!

Jacki Hollywood Brown said...

What is the old expression???
It's the cobbler's children who have no shoes???

Jim said...

Hi Greg,

Thanks for your help with our subscription management system. We appreciate your ability to dig into a complicated system with 11000 lines of code with patience, innovative approaches, and fast responses. It is amazing what you were able to do in a short amount of time.

Jim Anderson