Thursday, July 31, 2008


"Are you sitting down?" he asked.

He told me to sit down. But I was already seated. I sit all day for a living. So I told him to go ahead. And he started to talk about the diagrams I had drawn.

Arrows go here. Arrows go there. But this one should be different. And that one doesn't really matter. And you can draw this one if you want, but we're not going to do that any time soon.

That's why he wanted me seated. They wouldn't be doing quite what my diagram suggested.

I work as a systems engineer. We do early integration to mitigate future risk. And it seems that my role lately has been to draw these diagrams with colored arrows showing data flows and dotted lines showing boundaries and boxes within boxes showing the details of this or that.

But he didn't need to tell me to sit down. I don't care about the pictures themselves. What I do care about is that people look at them and poke at them and maybe even scrunch up their faces at what they see. And his news confirmed that the diagrams had served their purpose. Brains were engaging in ways that they had not before.

So we'll stop and talk and figure out what we need to do. I'll update the diagrams. And then maybe someone else will give me a call.

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