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Cruel and Unusual

lockedToday was my first day of being sequestered.  For those who don’t know, I’ve been named as a technical advisor for a contract source selection committee.  As part of the process, 12 people are to sit in a room and review submitted proposals/quotes. Today was our first day.  What I will say is the time I spent in that room was very painful.  Though I sat on a jury back in 2010, that was nothing compared to this.

I’ve been told that I will be sitting in this room, with no access to the Internet, for 8 hours a day for the next 5 weeks.  I’m not allowed to have my phone turned on.  I’m not allowed to do anything but to read and read and read.  This is not supposed to be punishment.  We were selected because each of us is considered Subject Matter Expert (SME).

Being asked to read hundreds and hundreds of pages of text a day, with no real break, is like cruel and unusual punishment to me.  I’m a guy with ADD and I’ll be in a room with people and not allowed to talk to them.  This should get interesting.

So, I am going to apologize if I’m a little quiet on Twitter.  I will continue to post on my blog at night.  During the day, I plan to drink pots of coffee so I can have as many breaks as the smokers.  That will give me a chance to log in via my phone and see what is happening in the world.

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About Derek Huether

I'm Vice President of ALM Platforms at LeadingAgile. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon). Novice angel investor.

2 Responses to “Cruel and Unusual”

  1. May 12, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Sounds like jury duty – probably feels like it too!

    • Anonymous
      May 12, 2011 at 11:44 am

      Yep, it’s just like jury duty. But when I served on a jury, I only did it for a few days. Knowing I would not have Internet during the day (for over a month) was hard to imagine.

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