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A Project Management Poem

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'Twas a week before deadline,
And all through the office,
Desk jockeys are working,
To add that last bit of polish.

Whiteboards are filled to the edges with tasks,
And hard drives are spinning fast.
From office to office computers are buzzing,
The i7 and quad core renders are mind numbing.

With K-cups dripping and snack products stocked,
The workflow is humming and may never stop.
But as time ticks past like blank discs from a spindle,
Day after day the punch list will dwindle.

A hundred and fifty mpeg2 files await,
On a hard drive destined for arrivals late.
All will be sent like the end of a race,
And projected on screens around McCormick Place.

Some videos arrived on the formats requested,
But a few were in flavors not even suggested.
Come DIVX, and Quicktime and h-264,
1080, 720 and soon many more.

But in the end the flavor matters not,
For a video is a video and it's all about plot.

The pallet it fills with boxes and crates,
New products are shipping and books that we make,
Are due from the printer in time for the truck,
To take our dear cargo on the road with some luck,
When arrived in Chicago our goods will be waiting,
For 5 days of sales, promotion and celebrating.

Yes, it is time for our annual surgical convention. Most important of all is great teamwork that makes everything come together like poetry.

Thanks for rhyming.

Mike Cohen


Posted by: Mike Cohen on Sep 25, 2009 at 12:05:26 pm poetry, teamwork



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