Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Organizational challenges...

While I like organizing, it's hard keeping all of the tasks and time lines and people and rules/regulations of supporting organizations in mind so that the project keeps moving with minimal time and gumption lost. I'm trying to learn how to use this project organizing software: http://ganttproject.biz/ it is pretty good I pick up things pretty well, but nonetheless wish there were someone to really teach me how to use it...

Permissions previously obtained were removed--I didn't talk to the correct person... I need access to the space where we will be setting up the thin-client networks. However, all teacher had to turn in their keys at the end of the school year. So now to get into my classroom I need to bother building engineers to unlock the door. They have their plate full of work, it isn't like they are waiting to open doors as I need them opened. I'm not saying that it is unreasonable to limit teacher access to a large building--some control is necessary. But, if the work-around is so difficult you will dampen staff dedication and motivation then that is a bad thing indeed.

Oh yea, and now I can't come in on Saturday mornings... I had gotten an OK, now that has turned into a, "Talk to the Principal first, liability you know...". I should have thought of this first... Though of course he's on vacation at the moment so I'll write him a letter, now...

Oh wait, this crazy computer at school has MS Word all messed up--cursor is invisible--so it's quite a pain to word process. I tried to download/install http://neooffice.org but school web filters wouldn't let me get there... There must be some kind of proxy... maybe http://macupdate.com? I'll try...How much of 'doing projects' is really about creating workarounds?

Good news! Got keys back so I'm free again :-)

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