With all the hardware being pushed to the south right coast these days, you'd think Viceroy Hanley's staff meetings would be chock full of status reports, risk issues, and opportunities for advancement when possible. Especially from the minions racing the clock to blow up a rocket later this summer.
And, of course, you'd be wrong.
No, the highlight today was our favorite Italian Waiter, practicing for his next career as tenor for the evening serving at Olive Garden. Our rotund friend set aside the things a program manager should talk about, and the things his superiors should want to hear about, and instead talked about his favorite contractors' "contributions."
Scale models of rockets and such. Delivered to the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. Not a penny of taxpayer's dollars wasted. At least not on the models. And our Waiter was very proud of that. So much so, in fact, that Viceroy Hanley became a bit jealous and requested some for his domain in Houston.
Such was the topic of intense staff meeting conversation, tying up hundreds of civil servants listening in on the line, no doubt inspiring intense confidence in the process and their leaders.
But, of course, they must have talked about more important things than that, you say? Something maybe remotely related to managing a $100B development program? Something worthy of tying up the minions for more of their precious minutes?
Once again, you would be wrong in thinking that.
No, the other important order of business today was an explanation of how a Big Team is heading out to the left coast to "benchmark" a company that makes routers, albeit one of the largest companies doing so, so that the minions could see how "industry" sets up development teams.
We are not making this up.
And you wonder why no one really cares about this anymore?