Not the best day

I’m currently on my way home from work and it’s already past midnight. Things have been going relatively well recently, with our new system in place and the pressures of a major deliverable disappearing into the past. Today, however, it all went a bit wrong.

We were in the middle of a bug fix release that we’ve been working on for the past month or so when one of thr developers noticed some screwy data. Not major screwy, but enough for us to stop what we were doing and work out what was wrong. It seems that an old version of a piece of code had crept into both our production and our UAT systems, meaning that it has to be backed-out and that our testing was invalid. Not good! We’ve now got to work out how it happened, why we didn’t see any problems in testing and how to persuade our users to do more testing. It’s going to be a long couple of weeks!

Still, it could be worse and we must keep a sense of perspective. Everyone makes mistakes – that’s why they put rubbers on the end of pencils. The important thing is to learn from them and work out what we can do to stop it from happening again.

Update: due to a problem in trying to get my iPaq to talk to my new W800i phone I didn’t get the chance to post this until now. I’ve had four and a half hours of sleep and I’m on my way in again!


  1. Now I fully agree that Rocky is a classic movie. But Rocky IV musn’t be discounted. In it’s own way it is a classic. How can a movie with lines like these not be a classic?

    Adrian: It’s suicide. You’ve seen him, you know how strong he is. You can’t win.
    Rocky: Oh, Adrian. Adrian always tells the truth. No, maybe I can’t win. Maybe the only thing I can do is just take everything he’s got. But to beat me, he’s going to have to kill me. And to kill me, he’s gonna have to have the heart to stand in front of me. And to do that, he’s got to be willing to die himself. I don’t know if he’s ready to do that. I don’t know.

    Drago: To the end.
    Drago: You will lose.
    Drago: If he dies, he dies.
    Drago: I must break you.

    [Addressing the Soviet Union]
    Rocky: I guess what I’m trying to say is, if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change.


  2. For those of you who think that the above comment is spam – you’re almost right. It’s a comment from Nick, a good friend of mine that I saw down the pub the other Friday. We had a classic pub conversation about what the best Rocky film was and it digressed into whether Rocky IV was any good. It totally is not.


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