"A day in the life" of a Data Geek
(US - EDT)
|5:50 AM||alarm clock starts singing, telling me it's time to get up and get going|
|6:15 AM||Heading out of the house, enroute to work I have to stop for gas (and Altoids), money at the ATM and breakfast|
|6:50 AM||Arrival at work|
|6:55 AM - |
Inbox has 65 emails:
46 emails are "system emails" which I scan very quickly
19 require heavy "reading" and lead to 5 new tasks to "manage"
0 Voice Mails - YES!
|8:30 AM||Meeting #1 - onsite at our office, an internal "prep" meeting to discuss our large client contract, which we will be visiting during the afternoon (like we do each week).|
|8:35 AM||Meeting starts|
|9:30 AM||Post Meeting - Client Managers meet without staff|
|9:45 AM||Back to desk, |
12 emails in Inbox,
0 Voice Mails (YES!),
Snail Mail? 3 items in my "physical inbox" (on my seat), a brochure for some random vendor, a "DataFlux Ideas Insider" card (cool, not sure what it means though) and a personal note from my #1 reporting person who works remotely from us from "Stong Island".
|10:00 - |
|Review a new database schema built by a software engineer, consists of 6 tables, generate Oracle friendly DDL and deploy to our development lab, generate ERD, good stuff!|
|10:30 AM||Back to emails and misc tasks|
|11:00 AM||Seems like the connections to our DB are timing out after an hour or so, build a script which loops a million times and logs a record in a table every twenty minutes, kick it off and hope it fails? Good stuff...|
|11:15 AM||Prepare for afternoon at client's location, gather notes, print a few ERD's, etc...|
|11:30 AM||Off to Client's site|
|12:45 PM||Arrive at Client's site, LUNCH! (they have a nice little cafe in their building, sweet)...|
|1:30 PM||Meetings begin|
|3:00 PM||...Still in meetings...|
|3:30 PM||......more meetings......|
|4:40 PM||Heading home, YES!|
|5:10 PM||Traffic, UG...|
|6:10 PM||I'm home, finally...|
|8:10 PM||The kids are in bed, sit on the couch with the laptop...|
40 emails in Inbox,
5 or 6 action items to follow up on...
|8:45 PM||Sign off for the night, TV time...|
Well, not very glamourous but it is what it is. Our afternoon marathon meetings were productive and I believe we did a good job highlighting the efforts of the team. The client seems happy, the program manager seems happy, overall a good day.
Until next time...Rich