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How a tiny slip can lead to big delays


A tiny slip can lead to big delays. Late yesterday evening, I had to go from the Courtyard in Foster City to the Marriott in San Mateo, a distance of only 3.3 miles according to Google Maps (http://g.co/maps/2bry9). I made one wrong turn in the dark and the 3.3 mile trip suddenly ballooned into a 22.8 mile trip (http://g.co/maps/ae7sq). Zoom out a bit in Google Maps to get a better picture. Not funny, if I only say so myself.

Notes to self for the next major production change:

  1. Entertain the team with the above anecdote.
  2. Check if we are using an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure).
  3. Check if the person executing the SOP has practiced it.
  4. Check if there is ample slack time in the change window.
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  1. November 17, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I do recall you being geographically challenged during another luncheon we had in Oakland.

  2. Gwen Shapira
    November 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Did you have to pay for toll, on top of the unexpected scenic route?

  3. Iggy Fernandez
    November 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Gwen Shapira :

    Did you have to pay for toll, on top of the unexpected scenic route?

    I briefly considered zooming through the toll gates without paying but wanted to avoid being the target of a high-speed police chase across the bridge.

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