Here's the latest NPS report. A lot of fives and not enough promotors. You dig into comments and see your customers complaining about the things you have in your roadmap for a while.
- I know, I know, - you murmur, - if only I'd have two more developers.
What's next? Board meeting notes. Oh no. Did they change the objectives again? You read on and discover something even more disturbing. Your CFO just returned from the high profile client's meeting. He brought in ideas. You take a deep breath.
The head of support comes to have a word. She tells you about the issue they're struggling with. You show where it sits in your backlog. The next ten minutes you have to spend explaining why other things have higher priority.
Oh, designers shared a new prototype. You have a look and your heart starts to race. They went with a total re-design. You try not to swear, loudly. Then you put on your diplomat hat and go to describe all the constraints of this project.
- Where did the morning go? - you think heading for lunch, you gave yourself a promise not to eat in front of your screen this month.
You meet your lead develop at lunch. You talk work and the latest tech trends. He moans about Scrum and wants to try this new shiny methodology he has just read about. You nod politely trying not to think how'd explain velocity drop to senior management.
In the afternoon you have a call with a customer. They didn't show up. For the third time. You write even more polite email to re-schedule.
Later, it's your team's meeting. You review last quarter's stats. Churn is on the rise. You jump right in. Two hours pass without noticing and you haven't touched any agenda items yet. You panic inside but keep your best poker face up.
It's past 6 pm now, you finally ready to wrap up your day. As the last effort of today, you open the latest interview your CEO gave. She talked about the company's past and future. The interviewer asked about product vision. You're ready to read the pitch you've been working on in the last five strategy meetings. Instead, your eyes start to hurt.
- Where did this come from? - you wonder in disbelief.
You shut down your PC and finally leave the office questioning all your life choices.