Oct 202012

Danny: Don’t bother looking for next year’s meeting calendar. I’m still working on it.

Tessa: What’s taking so long?

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Danny: This is my first time scheduling all of the major meetings for this company and I’m getting thrown off by all of the things I have to keep in mind. For instance, our bylaws say that we have to have a management meeting every 60 days. This is a leap year, so do I have to take that into account?

Tessa: That’s a tough one. I’m not sure.

Danny: And what about daylight saving time? I have to remember when clocks will be set ahead and back.

Tessa: That’s easy. My high school teacher taught us to remember it with a simple phrase: “fall back and spring ahead.”

Danny: Okay, but that doesn’t help me with dates. Apparently, daylight saving time changes on different dates in different countries. And I have to factor in time zones to set the time for each meeting, with meeting times that work for each international office that will be participating.

Tessa: You’re right, it’s a tall order, but you do know that someone has done this before? You don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

Danny: Yeah, Carl set the meeting calendar last year, but he left the company last month.

Tessa: Can’t you just take last year’s meeting calendar and fudge it?

Danny: Why do you think Carl is no longer with the company?

Tessa: Ah.

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