It's not boring...it's just...tedious

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So, I have been at my new job for 6 months now. Those of you who know me know that I went from doing cool stuff - working for Visa International, Lego, and a company called Angry Monkey to a normal IT job in the Freight industry.

I find that I have to make my own fun here. Most of the work is reporting, talking to people on the phone and so on. I'm supposed to be a manager, but I have no projects, and no one to manage. So I make up stuff and do it.

For example, one of the things I have to do is reporting on development defects. I found that it was taking me about 3 hours a day to do these reports, simply because the database (Test Director) was not set up to properly capture data about work on the defects. So, I devoted days and days to learning VBscript and then writing scripts that made Test Director record more information about the work getting done. Then, because I also had to send out lots of tedious update emails about the defects, I wrote a bunch of scripts that automatically sent out the emails as people altered the database.

All in all, I probably spent 2 weeks learning this, writing the scripts and testing them. Now it takes me about 1/2 an hour in the morning to do the reports, and I never have to write any defect-related emails.

Still it will take me about a year to break even on the time it took to save this time.

And in the mean time...I now have an extra 2 1/2 hours every day to do new, also tedious work...

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