There are certain weeks when the number of things that need to be accomplished are quite high and are in quick succession. And during these times if one task is delayed then like the domino effect everything is derailed from the expected timeline and then its either a request for extension or a no show or a sub-par product.
Last week was one such week. On Monday I had to discuss a certain circuit in my thesis called a comparator. The problem was the time required for the comparator to give the output. Ideally, it is zero, and in best case scenarios it’s in a few nanoseconds but the time that my comparator was taking to give a decision was in few microseconds. For all the non-electronics people out there, this situation is not good. I had a meeting with one of the professors in my group to address that issue. And that lasted for quite some time…but sadly the issue wasn’t resolved and debugging the problem continued well over the next day as well. This was the domino that derailed my timeline. As just Monday was allocated for this issue and few other tasks for the next days.
Tuesday evening I received a mail from the supervisor at NXP that I have to submit a design review of my entire project by Friday. Now design review is a document in which you have to sum up all that you have done during the entire year for the project and provide reasons for the same. So you can imagine that making such a presentation is no small task and it took the entire Wednesday (day and night) and Thursday (day) to make a few slides. But the work still wasn’t done and the D-day was upon me.
On Friday, I had a group meeting, wherein I wanted to present a calibration scheme I was working on. The scheme reduced the comparator offset. But in spite of working all night long prior to the meeting, the scheme wasn’t a complete success and I couldn’t present it. Now the worst part is that since I didn’t present, I didn’t get the opinion of the experts in my group and my supervisor at the university doesn’t like it. I thought maybe after the meeting I can ask him a small question regarding the thesis and it is then that he tells me, ” you have missed your opportunity, I am busy right now”
It is then I realise that though it is nice to have results to present if you have a limited set of opportunities and you procrastinate on one then the need to present a better result grows and you get stuck in a sort of a loop, which is bad. This was the missed opportunity.
The design review is still pending….and I knew that I need an extension…which I got. Right now its Sunday morning and I have finally finished my design review slides for my company supervisor. It took some time beyond my deadline but this extension helped me deliver a quality presentation. Now, let’s see what the verdict is…