2014 has been an interesting year in the life of this QA Manager. This time last year, we were in a full court pressto prepare the lab to move into our new facility. As we ushered in the year, the facial twitch caused by transferring equipment, personnel, and systems was deeply present. Of course, moving a lab is not a new concept. It was, in no small scale, a big deal for our team.
I was reminded of that this week while searching for an email that I sent at the beginning of the year. Plenty of labs have relocated, mostly successfully. But that doesn’t negate the fact that the project was extremely challenging. Specifically, the instrumentation that we employ could not simply be loaded onto the back of a pick-up truck. It took no less than a full day to prepare each instrument to move, another day to crate, forklift, and haul each instrument to the new lab, followed by two days of installation. The coordination involved in moving all four of our instruments could be a full discussion of choreography and agility.
As I scrolled through my email traffic early 2014, one thing was apparent. As a team, we were on fire.
When we entered into the project, we had a strategy. We had a schedule. We had a punch list. Most importantly, we made a commitment to stay agile. We new from the start that through all of the planning, the schedules, the punch lists, there would be surprises. There would be crises. How we reacted would be the key to our success or failure.
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I have a 45 minute commute to the lab each morning. About the same on the drive home. I’d like to say that I’m not bitter about that, but considering that the recent relocation of my laboratory extended my commute from 10 minutes round trip, it is difficult to argue otherwise. It was a difficult adjustment to make. Admittedly, a don’t think I’ve completely adjusted just yet.
At a certain point, at the nudging of a few friends, I considered the idea of using audiobooks to help pass the time. Initially, I was in favor of the idea. I like books. After researching the audiobook options, I couldn’t say that I was convinced. Books on CD were cumbersome, and the discs always seemed to end at the most inopportune time. I also was not excited about growing a CD collection.
Audible seemed to be an option, but I just could not make the financial commitment. I’d gotten wind of an app that linked to the local library, and allowed for the download of audiobooks. I downloaded OverDrive (available on a plethora of platforms). The only thing I was missing was a library card (I know… I’ve come to realize that Library Cards are highly underrated). Once I procured my brand new Library Card, I immediately found the glass slipper I’ve been searching for to make my daily commute much more bearable.
I’ve used the OverDrive Media console for about 6 weeks now, and life is so much more interesting. And I might even add that I may be a bit more pleasant as a result.
My reading list, so far has included:
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