A couple of months ago my boss (I work for what could be described as a consulting company; though most of us spit on the term "consultant") drops by, and says "how would we go about solving [problem X]?"

Then he gets a phone call, and while he’s jabbering into his mobile, I have a think, and scribble a diagram on a piece of scrap paper. He gets off the phone. Only half expecting him to bid for the job, and certainly not expecting him to get it, I show him the diagram: "Well, one way would be to do this…"

Fast forward to this week. I’m getting an inkling as to where this scribble has gone. Suddenly I’m part of a team of about 15 people, according to the phone list I’m "lead analyst programmer", the first bits of some $100,000 worth of hardware has just arrived, and we’re building a thing that pretty much follows what I scribbled on that bit of scrap paper.

Shit, I hope it works…

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.