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Nicholas Cain
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Deflect to the manager.
Say you are working on it and will provide regular updates every 15 minutes.
Put poeple at ease and let them know you are in control...oh, and don't show panic



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Lynn Pettis
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I like Alvin's answer. Reminds me of my days in the Air Force back in England. If the computer crashed, the first thing we did was take the phone off the hook. Didn't matter if it was days, swings, or mids; we didn't want to be disturbed while working on the problem.

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I don't know how that can be Lynn, we only see this new fangled telephony thingamybob in the last couple of years ;-)



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And don't be going all "Dad's Army" on us.... Don't Panic w00t



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Hmmm, blame me not for Air Force flashback. Alvin's comment it was.

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Nicholas Cain (4/17/2009)
Here's my personal favourite to spring:


It's 3pm on a Friday, your production OLTP environment is down, every hour down costs the company one million dollars. People are phoning constantly, folks are rushing the hallways, running into your work area and freaking out wanting to know what you are doing, and why it's not fixed yet.
What do you do?

Negotiate a raise. :-D

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Alvin Ramard
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Lynn Pettis (4/17/2009)
Hmmm, blame me not for Air Force flashback. Alvin's comment it was.


Go ahead, put the blame on me. (Just kidding Lynn)

I'm not going to provide an answer to this question. I worked as an engineer for 14 years before switching to IT. One thing I learned in those years was troubleshooting. One thing I found in IT is that many of my co-workers had poor troubleshooting skills.

I'm interested in seeing what some of the "junior" members can come up with.



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Actually Alvin, your answer is perfect. It's what you are doing behind the locked doors with the phone off the hook that is important. Doing all that just keeps people from interupting you while you work, which is extremely important when dollars are going down the proverbial drain.

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Lynn Pettis (4/17/2009)
Actually Alvin, your answer is perfect. It's what you are doing behind the locked doors with the phone off the hook that is important. Doing all that just keeps people from interupting you while you work, which is extremely important when dollars are going down the proverbial drain.


I agree. What I'm interested in hearing is what people (other than the well known gurus on here) think is a good next step.



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Alvin Ramard (4/17/2009)
Lynn Pettis (4/17/2009)
Actually Alvin, your answer is perfect. It's what you are doing behind the locked doors with the phone off the hook that is important. Doing all that just keeps people from interupting you while you work, which is extremely important when dollars are going down the proverbial drain.


I agree. What I'm interested in hearing is what people (other than the well known gurus on here) think is a good next step.


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