September 27th, 2006


The Simple and True

weather: sunny
outside: 19.5°C
mood: ...
I was having lunch in a small Lebanese café, they make fantastic chicken shawarma wraps.

As I was finishing up, I noticed a tall, medium build gentleman a few tables over, dressed in a crisp dark suit that fit well in the shoulders. Suit jackets that don't fit the shoulders well, so profoundly throw off the look regardless of everything else.

He held his fork like a shovel =) and carefully but briskly pushed every last piece of food onto his fork with his knife.

I watched him for a while. He didn't notice me watching. I was just appreciating that he didn't waste his food like so many do, as evidenced by all the half eaten plates left on the tables in so many places I've been to.

Work went through a hairy and stressful technical audit a few weeks ago. The IT Group did very well, but it was still icky to go through a week-long audit. At one point during our team debrief, we were talking about what features went into which release. We were hemming and hawing and struggling to remember. Everyone had to collaborate on matching the things to the numbers.

In software, the inability to remember the features in each release is actually a good sign. It means you're releasing a lot of projects into Operations which is a good thing. It also means that people are happily moving on from project to project. People tend to remember projects with clarity if they've gone badly.

It's so uplifting to see simple, but true earnestness, diligence and purity of intent and know that it can't be faked or staged.