Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Microstory 422: Floor 21 (Part 1)

I’ve always been terrible at maths. I came to this country for university with no idea what I wanted to do. I just thought a change of scenery would do me good. In the end, what I discovered was that things here are about the same. Most notably, I’m still bad at maths. I failed algebra twice in the first year at uni, and got a D the third time. I then learned that I still had to get one more credit in mathematics if I wanted to graduate. I ended up taking this random course that taught semi-practical skills. Im not talking about money-management or basic arithmetic. This was a unique way to look at the world, and not in just numbers. One thing our teacher went over was time management and scheduling. He showed us ways to graph and visualize projects to understand how to divide time, labor, and resources. I became fascinated with this after noticing that I was exceptional at it. This kind of “maths” just made perfect sense to me, and I remember being frustrated that my secondary education teachers never did anything like it with us. It’s so much more valuable than solving for x, or any such nonsense. I’m not just saying that because I happened to make a career out of these skills. My work in project management is a perfect example of the topic, but anyone and everyone could benefit from learning even a little bit of what I do. Actually, I could have used a little help with these latest projects. Making deadlines are always the most difficult part of my job, but for the first time ever, we had to cut corners. Did that have anything to do with our defective products? I can neither confirm nor deny that, but yes. Yes, we definitely did. I’m sorry.

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