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the story of an invisible girl
Feeling Blue
My large team of about 18 engineers has a co-located meeting every couple of months to plan our next six weeks worth of work. That's what we were doing last week in New Hampshire. However 20 is too large of a group to work in a Scrum environment, so after the end of the design sessions we look at the planned tasks, distribute them, and break the group into two smaller teams.

One of the final tasks of the co-lo is to name the teams. Once everyone had been marked for a particular group, the boss stared at the white-board. The names of one group had been written in blue marker, the other in black. "I think we should call this group the Smurfs," he said thoughtfully.

Another boss suggested, "And the other group could be called.... how about the Fraggles?"

It took me a moment of looking over the list, then I realized that I was slotted for the Fraggle team. Folks were mostly shrugging and nodding, when one of the guys spoke up. "I think the names are perfect, but they should be flipped. Because everyone knows it's the Smurfs who are a bunch of males with only one female."

Everyone laughed, myself included. I agreed, "Yeah, that fits. But you are NOT calling me Smurfette!"

So the team names were flipped, and I am now on Team Smurf. Already discussion has come about, talking about the female smurf. The guys started talking about her long swirly hair, trying to remember her name.... I grinned ruefully. "I have a bad feeling about this...."

...but it's all in good fun. I like the smurfs and fraggles that I work with.

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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: April 28th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
There was also a Sassette and a Granny, but they were much later.
chance_sparhawk From: chance_sparhawk Date: April 28th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Smurfs - The Lost Episode **NOT WORK SAFE**


Either you'll laugh or want to strangle me if you've never seen this before. =)

renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 28th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh Sweet Jesus.... I think I'm blind.
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: April 28th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh- that's nothing.

Someone made a live action Smurf porn that has impaired my brain ever since I saw it. I would link it, but it almost Monday morning and I would not want to make anyone click scary links while at work. Plus I'm not sure if someone would appreciate scary porn links in her journal :)
nishar From: nishar Date: April 28th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC) (Link)
You would make a good smurfette... minus the vanity to the Nth degree of course.
larcb From: larcb Date: April 28th, 2008 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)
"This coffee is very smurfy! I must smurf the internet." Just please don't use smurfy in every sentence!
lala2 From: lala2 Date: April 28th, 2008 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)
What was that smurfs name? :)

I'm glad you have fun with your co workers!!!!
From: numignost Date: April 28th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

In German a Smurf is a "Schluemfe". Might be close enough to the Flemish version to get you some cred in Ghent?

specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: April 28th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
We do our Sprint planning tomorrow. I've been trying to think up good team names, since I'm pretty sure I'll get tagged to Scrum Master again and I want a cool name to include in all my weekly status update emails to the entire division :-).
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