EngDiary 0019 - Urgent Task

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A watercolor painting depicting a man and a woman in an office environment, both standing in front of a whiteboard. They appear engaged in a planning session, actively discussing and pointing at the details on the board. The scene captures the collaborative atmosphere of a professional setting, with notes and diagrams visible on the whiteboard. They are dressed in business casual attire, contributing to the professional yet approachable vibe of the scene. The watercolor style lends a soft and fluid look to the office, enhancing the sense of creativity and thought process in their planning session.


Webber (entering the office rapidly): “Alice, we have an urgent task at hand. There’s a critical issue that needs immediate fixing, followed by testing and deployment. Time is of the essence.”

Alice (surprised, putting aside her lobster sandwich): “Oh, that sounds serious. Let’s prioritize this. What’s the issue?”

Webber: “It appears there’s a significant bug in our payment processing system. It’s affecting transaction completions. We need to address this before it escalates into a larger problem.”

Alice: “Understood. Let’s break down the steps and draft a plan. First things first, can you outline the problem and the expected fix on the whiteboard?”

Webber: “Of course.” (He begins to outline the problem on the whiteboard). “Here’s the bug in the system. The fix involves modifying the transaction flow to include a validation check.”

Alice: “Right, after we implement the fix, we should run a comprehensive test to ensure the issue is resolved without introducing new bugs.”

Webber: “Absolutely. Testing is crucial. We’ll need to perform both unit tests and integration tests to ensure the system’s integrity.”

Alice: “Once testing confirms the fix, we’ll prepare for deployment. It’s essential we do this during low-traffic hours to minimize impact on our users.”

Webber: “Agreed. Let’s also prepare a rollback plan, just in case we need to revert the changes.”

Alice: “Good thinking. A rollback plan is necessary for risk mitigation. After deployment, we should monitor the system closely for any anomalies.”

Webber: “Exactly. I’ll start drafting the fix. Can you handle the testing and deployment preparations?”

Alice: “Certainly. Let’s coordinate closely and keep each other updated at every step.”

Webber: “Will do. Thanks, Alice. Let’s tackle this challenge head-on.”

Webber (frustrated): “Alice, I’ve hit a snag with the database interactions. The latency is higher than expected, and it’s complicating the transaction fix.”

Alice (thoughtful): “Have you considered using a more efficient query or perhaps indexing some of the database fields to speed up the process?”

Webber: “That’s a good point. I was thinking of optimizing our queries. Also, adding an index might indeed reduce the latency. I’ll refactor the database access layer.”

Alice: “On another note, how are you structuring the fix? Are we utilizing the best design pattern for this situation?”

Webber: “I was debating between the Singleton and Factory patterns. Given the need for scalability and managing multiple transaction types, the Factory pattern might offer more flexibility.”

Alice: “Yes, the Factory pattern sounds like a fitting choice, especially for handling various transaction scenarios dynamically. It should make future maintenance easier as well.”

Webber (nodding): “Agreed. Now, about the C# coding style, I’m trying to ensure the code is clean and maintainable. I’m adhering to our coding standards, but some of the legacy code doesn’t match our current practices.”

Alice: “It’s important to keep the code consistent. Maybe we can gradually refactor the legacy parts as we go along. For now, focus on making your new code clear and well-documented. Using clear naming conventions and keeping methods focused on a single responsibility should help.”

Webber: “Absolutely. I’ll also implement some C# 8.0 features for more efficient coding. For instance, using nullable reference types to avoid null reference exceptions.”

Alice: “That’s a smart move. It enhances code safety and readability. Let’s also review the code together once you’re done. A fresh pair of eyes can often catch what you might have missed.”

Webber: “I’d appreciate that. Collaboration is key in these situations. I’ll update you once I have a version ready for review.”

Alice: “Sounds like a plan. Remember, despite the urgency, quality shouldn’t be compromised. We’re making good progress.”

Webber: “Thanks for the support, Alice. Let’s get this fixed and deployed.”

Webber (with a sense of achievement): “Alice, the fix is ready. Could you please start with the unit tests?”

Alice: “Sure thing, Webber. Initiating all unit tests now.” (After a short pause) “All unit tests have passed smoothly. Looks like your fix is solid.”

Webber (relieved and excited): “That’s fantastic news! Let’s order some pizza to celebrate this milestone. I’m confident the rest will go just as smoothly.”

(After some time, Alice begins the source code analysis tests, which also pass without any issues.)

Webber (enthusiastically): “With everything going so well, I just booked a flight to Japan as a post-project celebration. Can’t wait!”

Alice: “That sounds amazing! However, let’s not count our chickens before they hatch. Starting the UI and functionality tests with Selenium now.”

(Alice runs the Selenium tests, and they encounter several unexpected problems.)

Alice (concerned): “Webber, we’ve hit a few snags with the Selenium tests. There are multiple issues that we need to address.”

Webber (disappointed but focused): “I guess the celebration was premature. I’ll cancel the flight for now. Let’s regroup and figure this out.”

(They gather around the whiteboard, where their initial plan is outlined.)

Webber: “Let’s dissect the problems one by one. What exactly did the Selenium tests reveal?”

Alice: “There are inconsistencies in the UI behavior and some features are not responding as expected. It seems like the issues are related to the frontend integration.”

Webber: “Alright, let’s trace these issues back to their roots. We might have overlooked how the backend changes affect the frontend.”

(Together, they review the whiteboard plan, pinpointing where the integration might have gone wrong. Step by step, they address each issue, applying fixes and retesting.)

Alice: “Running the Selenium tests again… And it looks like all the issues have been resolved. All tests are passing now!”

Webber (relieved and satisfied): “That’s a relief! Thanks for your diligence, Alice. We’ve made a great team through this.”

Alice: “It was a rollercoaster, but we did it. Just goes to show the importance of thorough testing and teamwork.”

Webber: “Absolutely. Let’s wrap up the documentation and prepare for a smooth deployment. Japan can wait; completing this project successfully was the real victory.”

Webber (after resolving the testing issues): “Let’s not waste any moment. I’m going to check our DevOps platform to ensure the CI pipeline is functioning correctly.”

(After a few moments spent on the computer)

Webber: “CI looks good; everything’s green. I’m issuing a ticket for an emergency review. Alice, could you take care of this? We need to greenlight the continuous deployment.”

Alice: “On it.” (Alice reviews the ticket quickly and thoroughly) “Everything seems in order. Proceeding with the CD now.”

(However, the initial deployment attempt encounters problems)

Alice (concerned): “Webber, the deployment failed. It looks like there’s an issue with the configuration settings.”

Webber (promptly): “Let me take a look… Yes, I see the problem. I’m going to roll back the changes to prevent any disruption. Give me a moment to fix the configuration.”

(After a short period of intense focus, Webber addresses the configuration issue)

Webber: “Alright, I’ve made the necessary adjustments. Let’s try deploying one more time. Ready when you are, Alice.”

Alice: “Let’s do this together. On three. One, two, three…” (They press the submit button simultaneously)

(This time, the deployment proceeds without any hitches)

Alice (with a smile): “And we’re live! The deployment was successful. Everything’s running smoothly.”

Webber (relieved and pleased): “What a journey! From urgent bug fixes to testing hurdles, and now a successful deployment. We really pulled through as a team.”

Alice: “It just shows what we can accomplish with effective collaboration and determination. Let’s monitor the system closely for the next few hours to ensure stability.”

Webber: “Agreed. After that, I think we both deserve a real celebration. For now, let’s keep an eye on the performance metrics and user feedback.”


Identification of Urgency

How do I differentiate between urgent and important tasks?
I have a long to-do list. How can I quickly identify which tasks are truly urgent and need immediate attention?

Prioritization Strategies

What strategies can I use to prioritize urgent tasks effectively?
When multiple tasks seem equally urgent, how do I decide which one to tackle first?

Time Management

How can I manage my time effectively when dealing with urgent tasks?
I often find myself running out of time on urgent projects. What time management techniques can help me complete these tasks on time?

Delegation of Tasks

When is it appropriate to delegate urgent tasks, and how should I do it?
I have too many urgent tasks on my plate. How do I decide which tasks to delegate and to whom?

Handling Unexpected Urgencies

How can I adapt my schedule to accommodate unexpected urgent tasks?
An urgent issue just came up, but my schedule is already full. How can I adjust my plans to address this unexpected task?

Tools and Resources

What tools and resources can help me manage urgent tasks more effectively?
Are there any apps or tools designed specifically to help manage and track urgent tasks?

Stress Management

How can I manage stress when working on urgent tasks?
Urgent tasks often make me feel overwhelmed. What strategies can help me manage this stress?

Reflection and Learning

How can I learn from completed urgent tasks to handle future urgencies better?
After completing an urgent task, what should I reflect on to improve handling similar situations in the future?

Communication and Collaboration

How should I communicate about urgent tasks with my team?
I need help with an urgent task. How can I effectively communicate its urgency to my team without causing panic?

Maintaining Quality Under Pressure

How can I ensure the quality of my work does not suffer when performing tasks under urgency?
There’s a high-priority project that needs to be done ASAP. How can I maintain high-quality work under such pressure?


In the bustling heart of an unnamed global city, where international affairs were as tangled as the morning commute, Jack and Lily found themselves thrust together by fate—or, more accurately, by an office memo that neither had anticipated. Tasked with solving an urgent diplomatic conundrum that threatened to escalate into a full-blown international incident, this unlikely duo had to navigate more than just policy documents and encrypted emails.

Jack, a seasoned diplomat with a penchant for old-school espionage novels, approached the task with a blend of seriousness and misplaced enthusiasm for cloak-and-dagger tactics. Lily, on the other hand, was a tech-savvy analyst who could run circles around any cyber security measure with her laptop and a well-placed cup of coffee. Their methods could not have been more different.

The task at hand was delicate: to recover a misplaced document that, if made public, could upset international relations. The document had last been seen in the most secure—and ironically, the most chaotic—place on earth: the office printer.

Their mission led them through a series of humorous and unexpected encounters with their colleagues. From the intern who used the printer area as a personal yoga retreat to the mysterious janitor who seemed to have a deeper understanding of international politics than anyone else in the building, Jack and Lily’s journey was anything but straightforward.

As they pieced together the puzzle, Jack’s flair for the dramatic and Lily’s technological prowess came to the fore. Jack, imagining himself in a high-stakes espionage thriller, attempted to “interrogate” the office plants, convinced they were silent witnesses to the document’s disappearance. Lily, meanwhile, hacked into the printer’s log, only to find it filled with orders for mysterious items like “unicorn paper” and “invisible ink.”

The turning point came when they discovered that the document had accidentally been turned into a paper airplane by a bored diplomat and had flown out the window, landing in the office courtyard. With a mix of desperation and creativity, Jack and Lily engineered an elaborate drone rescue operation, commandeering a drone used by the office’s tech team for coffee deliveries.

In the end, the document was recovered, thanks to a daring mid-air drone maneuver that would have made any action hero proud. The office breathed a collective sigh of relief, unaware of the drama that had unfolded.

Jack and Lily, once at odds with their different approaches, found common ground in their shared success—and in their mutual dislike for the office printer. As they celebrated their victory with the most diplomatic of beverages, office-grade coffee, they realized that perhaps the world of international affairs wasn’t so different from their office after all: chaotic, unpredictable, but somehow, against all odds, functioning.

The novel, with its blend of humor, quirky characters, and a light-hearted take on the often too-serious world of international diplomacy, reminds us that at the end of the day, it’s teamwork, creativity, and a good sense of humor that can solve even the most urgent of tasks.


  • In a busy work environment, it’s crucial to ____________ tasks based on their urgency and importance to manage time effectively.

  • An ____________ task is one that requires immediate attention and action, often associated with short-term deadlines.

  • The Eisenhower Matrix is a popular time management tool that helps individuals ____________ tasks by categorizing them into urgent, important, both, or neither.

  • To prevent burnout, it’s important to delegate tasks that are not ____________ to one’s core responsibilities or urgent needs.

  • Setting ____________ deadlines for urgent tasks can help in prioritizing work and ensuring that critical deadlines are met.

  • A ____________ list is a simple yet effective tool for keeping track of urgent and upcoming tasks, helping individuals stay organized and focused.

  • The principle of ____________ suggests that work expands to fill the time available for its completion, which can impact the management of urgent tasks.

  • When an unexpected urgent task arises, it may require ____________ less critical activities to allocate enough time and resources to the urgent issue.

  • Effective time management strategies often involve the use of digital tools and apps designed to help users organize and prioritize their ____________.

  • In project management, the critical path method is used to identify the sequence of ____________ tasks that directly affect the project’s completion time.

  • prioritize

  • urgent

  • categorize

  • essential

  • realistic

  • to-do

  • Parkinson’s Law

  • reprioritizing

  • tasks

  • dependent



In the bustling IT Department Office of a leading tech corporation, a unique and electrifying Pokemon battle is about to take place, marking a highlight in the department’s daily routine. The participants are none other than the esteemed IT Leader, Webber, known for his strategic battle tactics and his formidable electric-type team: Magneton, Luxio, and Rotom. Challenging him is the up-and-coming Software Developer, Alice, who has quickly made a name for herself with her innovative battle strategies and her own electric-type trio: Heliolisk, Togedemaru, and Joltik.

The office area is abuzz with excitement as colleagues gather around, making temporary stands from their ergonomic chairs and using monitors to display live battle stats. The atmosphere is charged with anticipation, and even the usually silent server room seems to hum with a sense of expectancy.

Round 1: Magneton vs. Heliolisk

The battle kicks off with Webber’s Magneton floating confidently into the center, its magnetic forces subtly affecting nearby electronic devices, causing screens to flicker. Alice counters with Heliolisk, its frill flaring out, absorbing light from the overhead fluorescents to power up its Electric-type moves. The first clash is intense, with Magneton unleashing a Tri Attack that sizzles through the air, narrowly dodged by Heliolisk, who responds with a Thunderbolt, amplified by the electrical energy permeating the office. The battle is not just in the arena; it’s affecting every workstation, with sporadic keyboard sparks and mouse flickers cheering them on.

Interlude: Office Interaction

In an unexpected twist, Rotom, not yet in battle, mischievously dives into the office’s coffee machine, causing it to spurt out coffee in unpredictable patterns. This not only provides comic relief but also demonstrates the unpredictable nature of battling in such a dynamic environment. Employees quickly move their laptops and notes away from the splash zone, laughing and cheering.

Round 2: Luxio vs. Togedemaru

The battle intensifies as Webber sends out Luxio, its eyes glowing, ready to pounce. Alice’s choice of Togedemaru, with its spiky exterior, turns the battle into a close combat spectacle. Luxio’s attempts to use Spark are cleverly countered by Togedemaru’s Iron Barbs ability, causing Luxio to recoil. However, the creative use of the office’s smart lighting system by Luxio to create blinding flashes gives it the edge, landing a critical hit with Wild Charge.

Final Showdown: Rotom vs. Joltik

As the battle nears its climax, Rotom takes center stage, having already caused a stir with the coffee machine. Now, it’s Joltik’s turn, the smallest yet surprisingly powerful contender. Using the static electricity from the office’s numerous screens, Joltik powers up, becoming a tiny dynamo. The duel between Rotom, shifting through various electronic devices, and Joltik, agile and charged, turns the office into a veritable obstacle course, showcasing the ingenuity of both trainers.

As the battle reaches its crescendo, it’s clear that the winner is not just determined by strength but by creativity, adaptability, and the ability to harness one’s surroundings. The office, usually a place of routine, becomes a battlefield where technology and Pokemon coexist, highlighting the synergy between the digital world and the natural prowess of Pokemon.

In the end, the battle is closely contested, with both Webber and Alice demonstrating exceptional skill and teamwork with their Pokemon. The outcome is secondary to the camaraderie and excitement generated among the IT department, fostering a sense of unity and a break from the daily grind. This unique battle, blending technology and Pokemon in an office setting, will be talked about for a long time, inspiring both trainers and spectators alike.