The demonstration went okay. Though, as usual, internal opinion has the hugest weight, even, or perhaps especially from the top level manager who keeps saying that user focus is necessary. Problem is that he believes that he knows what the user wants, and thinks it's a waste of time to ask. It's so weird to have a guy saying that he knows how an inexperienced user would react to the software just because he is one. Thing is he's not a full-time hardware designer, his job doesn't depend on the damned thing working, and to be so arrogant as to believe that his one opinion is one that is shared by all our users...
That always just boggles my brain. That just always makes me just want to gnash my teeth and jump up and down and yell and rant. Collect data, don't decide. You can't know until you get out there and ask. You can try stuff, but you have to validate it, have to test it.
I don't understand why it's so hard for some people to admit that they might not know something that is so completely subjective and based on multiple opinion. I don't know why it is that people believe that just because it's subjective it's no use asking. What is so damned hard about it? Data collection to support a hypothesis, even in grade school, was never about getting everything to line up perfectly and there was always a few points out of line. It was to see the general trend.
Anyway... I think I made an impression. We'll see where it goes. I have a feeling this is going to be a long row to hoe.
So we had to get in early for the demo, went through the whole thing, then went on to other things. I spent most of the afternoon just getting some xcopy stuff to work, so that it would be easier having all my source code on the Unix box, which has all the source control stuff and still have all my working sandboxes on my PC. Keeping them synched automatically would be very nice, so I worked on some of that. It was a very good small project for the afternoon and it was finishable and doable so I got motivated for a bit.
The evening was pretty filled with getting things packed, though John also spent a good long while getting some work stuff done from home. Better to get it done before leaving, I guess. Though it took us into midnight. That made me a little upset, but not a lot. I just have this bad habit of only going to bed when he does. I really should probably just go to sleep when I want to rather than just following his lead.