Being early for the meeting had the advantage of letting me choose my chair and its location; not to mention making sure the chair wasn’t broken. Our conference rooms attracted broken furniture like engineers to a free lunch.

After the drama last night, this was definitely an important meeting, and those tended to last a long time, and I wanted to ensure I had a decent seat for the fireworks about to begin. At least if I had to spend the next hour or so in a dirty, worn-out room – a room jammed full of engineers, many of whom had been up all night.

I knew that per the company culture, while many were invited, few could be counted to physically appear. That’s why I had mixed feelings about call-in numbers ...

Get Availability and Capacity Management in the Cloud now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.