Tuesday, June 3, 2008

No one at the helm

I am back on the client site today (well, and yesterday too). Much to my dismay, about 50% of my key client stakeholders are gone this week! Most are out on vacation, but others are traveling etc. This poses a few issues:

  • It is very unproductive to not have them in the office
  • We traveled to St Louis which costs money (increasingly more money with $4 gas)

I do, however, think that being alone in St Louis is both valuable as well as slightly unavoidable. First, in order to save as much money as possible, the team books our travel about a month in advance. This unfortunately is often times two weeks before we receive notice that our key stakeholders are going to be out. Second, being in STL allows the team to actually BE a team – hang out together, collaborate face to face, etc. Being charged with making sure everything is running smoothly, I am most certainly in favor of anything that will help with productivity.

So, I suppose I just need to roll with the punches. After all, there ARE intangible benefits to not having key clients in the office. For example, I was able to head out “early” yesterday at around 6:00 and not feel guilty about it! (Not to mention that I get to put the finishing touches on a blog post or two! hehe)