There's a major system failure in this data center, and it's all-hands-on-deck for everybody in IT, according to a consultant pilot fish who's been through this before.

"I'm willing to help as best I can," fish says. "In order to be viewed as a team player, you have to stick around — it doesn't matter if you're contributing or only sitting there available.

"But after about 30 minutes of just being in reserve, I approached the manager in charge: 'Hey, I'm just sitting here burning billable hours. Do you want me to remain here? I'm reachable and can dial in if needed, but...'

"He did a quick check with the rest of the team to find out if they needed me — and then told me, 'No, head on out, we'll call you if we need you.'"

Sharky needs your true tale of IT life. Send it to me at, and you'll snag a snazzy Shark shirt if I use it. Comment on today's tale at Sharky's Google+ community, and read thousands of great old tales in the Sharkives.

Get Sharky's outtakes from the IT Theater of the Absurd delivered directly to your Inbox. Subscribe now to the Daily Shark Newsletter.

Copyright © 2017 IDG Communications, Inc.

Shop Tech Products at Amazon