This last one they've given me to do is a doozy.
Popeye: Your next task, if you choose to accept it....
It's never good when Popeye starts his sentences like this.
Popeye: We need something on Configuration Management.
Pandora: Does it involve petrol, arsenic or hemlock?
Popeye: No. I want you to make Configuration Management look sexy.
Pandora: Right. So we're going to dope the audience up on LSD and play Pink Floyd at them for an hour.
Popeye: I know it sounds a bit hard.
Pandora: I think it would be easier to get John Howard to wax his eyebrows.
Popeye: I want you to present something snappy and sexy to the Config team next Thursday.
Anybody know where I can contract diptheria from?
Seriously. Configuration Management and sexy. In the same sentence. That's like juxtaposing Kim Jong Il and sanity.
Mention Configuration Managment to most people and they will run screaming loudly in the other direction. In a nutshell, it's the practice of monitoring your project, system, documentation etc so you know at what stage everything is at, at all times, across the whole of the project. Telecommunications companies are notoriously bad at doing config. It's not at all interesting. It really is a part of the project most people would prefer to actively not think about. Most people would rather watch a wall of paint dry than attend a course on Configuration Management.
We're having a bit of a Config crisis her at Tin Can, String and Whistle. The head of configuration is heading off to other pastures and the company is in a bit of a state. Morton, who currently runs the section is a lovely man. It's a pity he has the look and disposition of an undertaker on downers. I like him. We make each other laugh. it's just he's got the hardest job in the company and I have to train people up on it.
He's handed me all of his notes, telling me that there should be sufficient to leverage a decent course out of it.
I nodded off after page two.
In Morton's words, "If you're not hated as a Configuration Manager, you're not doing your job properly."
So here I am, wracking my brain, wondering how to present this. And keep my street cred. And my friends.
Other than using the lyrics to Talking Heads seminal classic , "Road to Nowhere", I had to turn to my old favorite nerd sites for help. Xkcd.com and Dilbert.
I'm thinking of using some of this sort of stuff to demonstrate my points:
Life without Configuration Management:
And why you really need Configuration Management: