This is my final ½-day on my Swiss project. We’ve all prepared much for my exit, but now that I’m here, I feel a little strange about leaving these people. Last night, I was out with some French colleagues and we ended up in a discussion about whether the Swiss are “different.” Yesterday, I still had a serious outstanding bug that I couldn’t resolve. The lead user sent out an e-mail with instructions asking users to help us by running through his instructions to try to reproduce the bug. A number of people did just that. In our discussion, the French colleagues and I felt that no-one in either France nor the US would have taken the time.

For example, right now, I’m trying just to get a few sentences for biographies from people who are giving a talk for the LIMS/Laboratory Informatics group. I’ve been trying for weeks and it’s been a slow process. That’s just for a few sentences. To get someone to volunteer to help on anything would be next to a miracle. Yet, here, not everyone just drops what they’re doing, but people have such a team spirit that a number of them will make the time to help out. In the end, my French colleagues and I felt it could be that it’s partly their Swiss-ness and partly the company. At this customer, people really do have a collegial team spirit.

On my last ½-day, we’ll try to rerun some test scripts to accept the bug fixes I’ve done and I’ll say goodbye to all the people I’ve come to know over the past year during the disjointed increments of time that I’ve been in-contact with them.

Until then, I still have a couple last bugs to fix. Minor as they are, I’m committed to finishing as much as I can so that my employee counterpart ends up with the least amount of extra work to do on top of all else he has to so, so I want to minimize what I have to leave for him to do.

Gloria Metrick
GeoMetrick Enterprises

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