During the course of investigating a customer’s software issue, I’m sure I overheard someone invoke Murphy, it may even have been me…We’re all well aware of Murphy’s Law, which over time has been distilled down to “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Judging by the ebb and flow of sites dedicated to corollaries of Murphy’s law, as they apply to computers or computing, it would seem that there is a definite connection in our gestalt between Murphy’s law and computers.
I was running errands a few days ago and stopped at McDonald’s for lunch. I was greeted by a very friendly young lady as I entered the restaurant. I ordered my food at one of the new self-order stations and then waited. While I was waiting for my food, I noticed a very positive vibe among the McDonald’s crew. There was laughter and light hearted chatting, they were clearly enjoying their work day. The manager, who was also laughing and chatting, noticed me and told me that I could have a seat and they would bring my food to the table. I declined her offer and told her I didn’t mind waiting at the counter. I was actually thinking to myself that I didn’t want to sit down because I was enjoying watching this very engaged team led by, what I was assuming, was a great manager. My assumption about the manager was confirmed a few minutes later when I overheard one of the McDonald's crew tell a customer, “She’s a great boss!”
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The ‘Net is full of horror stories from both those providing support and those requiring support. Sadly, both groups want exactly the same thing – to have an issue addressed as quickly, as painlessly and as thoroughly as possible.