Well That Escalated Quickly

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Let’s talk about worst case scenarios for a moment, shall we?

Imagine you’re sitting at a desk.  On this desk is a small glass case.  Inside that small glass case is a large red button.  Around you, everything is chaos.

That one guy (and there’s always that one guy, isn’t there?) in some department somewhere on the other side of the building has managed to make an ID-10T error of epic proportions.  To be fair, his mind was probably on the previous night’s game at the time, but a good chunk of the blame can be levelled directly at someone not telling someone else something important.

Either way, madness ensues.  The thoom thoom sound of war drums can be heard echoing through the halls from the direction of the human resources department, the good folks down in IT are chanting in ancient forbidden languages, and you’re not entirely sure where the people in Quality Assurance managed to find all of those torches and pitchforks on such short notice, but that can’t be good.  A rumbling can be felt from the depths of the building, a sure sign that the CEO is about to pop his head out of his office and sing the song that signals armageddon.

The people down in the tech department may even have paused and looked around for a moment before going back to doing whatever they were doing.

Now grab that little brass hammer that’s attached to the side of the case on the desk in front of you.   Raise the hammer, smash that glass, and pound down on the big red button with everything you’re worth.

Time…  stops.  Everything freezes.

Resist the urge to go around taking people’s office supplies.  You have more important things to worry about right now, such as how exactly are you going to fix this mess?

Well, I know this is a little late, but this (and so many other problems as well!) could easily have been avoided by using Copper Project Management Software.  It would have streamlined the entire process from top to bottom.  It could have opened those all-important lines of communication.  It would have ensured that everyone knew what they were supposed to be doing and when they were supposed to be doing it.  It certainly would have kept an awful lot of time and effort from being wasted.  On a personal level, all that money you blew on fortifying your cubicle after the Great HTML Incident of 2012 could have been spent on something else.  Instead of barbed wire and a moat, you could have had a nice new chair, or a few posters, or possibly even some potted plants.

Oh well.  Hindsight is 20/20.  Good luck in your post-apocalyptic nightmare world.  Remember to carry a can opener.

Hey, wait a minute.  We were just pretending, remember?  All is not lost!  And hey, look at that!  There’s a free trial of Copper Project Management Software available!  You now have the power to prevent catastrophe with just a few clicks of the mouse, thus becoming the hero of the day.  Who doesn’t want that?

Joseph H is a guest author for Copper.  He once used a stapler, a small box of push pins, and what was left of a table to hold off a roving band of marauding technical writers for three solid days while waiting for rescue.

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