23. July 2009 21:02
There are events in this world that defy rational explanation. I call them dark moments. These are epiphanies. An epiphany (from Ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια Epiphaneia, “manifestation, striking appearance”) is the sudden realization or comprehension of the (larger) essence or meaning of something.
I am in persuit of a such a moment.
My company needs me to succeed at a business deal I have discovered and cultivated. There is no Hollywood drama or moral delimma. The story is much less romantic. It's the realization of the grind that will be involved in producing the proposal.
However, what I have realized is that this deal affects the lives and jobs of other people. Correctness is essential. Someone has to step up, coordinate the efforts, write the proposal and win business.
This is what software development is truly about. Schedules are wildly tight. People might say I am crazy for trying this. However this sale preserves jobs, brings innovation, and expands our horizons to new business areas. This is the epiphany.
This is the point at which you know you have to commit completely to making the proposal hit the mark. This is when you know you have to find a way.