A late afternoon video conference call, scheduled to last for an hour. I doubt this call is going to run that long. A few new faces on the call and a shallow conversation ensues between two parties while we wait. A third party joins, skulking in the shadow. This person tends to speak only when spoken to.
The host joins and the camera reveals the top of one attendees head. Someone should really try to reorient that camera so we can see everyone in the room. I am inclined to comment on the poor angle of the camera, but choose not to. I know the camera will not change the substance of this call.
My expectation here is that no one has any additional questions for me.
9 out of 10 of the attendees would rather be anywhere else but here.
9 out of 10 of the attendees would rather keep doing what they want to do.
No work remains in progress because it is either done, abandoned or abandon-able. What remains will be abandoned as soon as possible.
Though I could have tried harder, pushed harder and forced some changes, I know the end result would have been the same. Nothing was going to close the chasm that had been open between me and my peers. They are their own team and I have been nothing but a vocal observer for too many years.
Se La Vie!