Joel had a feeling today was going to be a better day. Everything
was going well: the performance measurements for the servers were looking
good and the user complaints were down. He had successfully reconfigured
the server and improved performance greatly. There was only one
application still performing poorly, but he was sure the problem wasn’t
hardware- or operating-system-related; more likely it was an issue with a
poorly written query. Nevertheless, he had sent his boss an email message
explaining his findings and that he was working on the remaining
Joel heard quickened footsteps approaching his office. He
instinctively looked toward his door, awaiting the now-routine appearance
of his boss. He was shocked as Mr. Summerson zipped by without so much as
a nod in his direction.
He shrugged his shoulders and returned to reading his email
messages. Just then a new message appeared with “HIGH PRIORITY” in the
subject line in capital letters. It was from his boss. Chiding himself for
holding his breath, Joel relaxed and opened the message. He could hear his
boss’s voice in his mind as he read through the message.
“Joel, good work on those reports. I especially like the details you
included about memory and disk performance. I’d like you to generate a
similar report about the database server. I’d also like you to look into a
problem one of the developers is having with a query. Susan will send you
With a deep sigh, Joel once again opened ...
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