Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Because busy is hot

Work has been bonkers.

We have the construction project that is making the new manufacturing area - my area.  So I designed the space, and drew up the plan that the architect created the plan from, and I gave all of the information to all of the sub-contractors and the general contractor, and I negotiated the original schedule and all but one of the revisions and figured out how to get us back onto the original schedule after the start date was pushed out a week by the one revision I didn't do.  And I worked with the contractor and subs all Saturday while all the major demolition was happening and reconfigured cubicle walls and moved refrigerators and moved and reconnected alarm lines.  I mediated between the HVAC subcontractor and the repair and maintenance contractor after the sub screwed up and cut the control line that gives us heat in the building.  I found and pointed out the missing electrical drops and the window framing the framers missed.  I have worked my butt off on this project.  In two weeks or so, we get to occupy the space.  There are a few hundred more details for that part yet to go.

And we are experiencing record sales for the month of March, including FOUR copies of an instrument that we had planned to build ZERO of as late as one month ago.  This just happens to be the instrument that is the most challenging to make, and that is supposed to have undergone a few MAJOR CHANGES that make it easier to make by now, but hasn't yet.  And we are running out of the parts that we stopped buying because the design was being superseded by the MAJOR CHANGES that haven't happened yet because they were supposed to happen NEXT MONTH, after we had a month in which we didn't need to make any of them.

And I have just taken over the Field Service function and the pressure to make it work perfectly and at a profit is increasing, except I mostly get indirect micromanagement instead of goals and strategies.

And the project to make everything in one product line on one pretty pretty platform is a bit off the rails due to technical snags.  It's a rather messy project.  Ugh.

So work days are long these days.


Anonymous said...

Man! I sure hope they're paying you well!!

Bob Collier said...

Yeah, they are.