You are working in a project team or just doing your job. Your manager, who you have not seen or spoken to for several weeks/months suddenly appears, sits down and begins having a heart to heart with you like you are old friends.

You are asked to demonstrate to important customers your 3 week old proof of concept totally blue sky head in the clouds research project which is just out of whiteboard land and just making an appearance in code land. You are given 17 seconds warning and are frowned at because you are wearing combats and haven't shaved this morning.

You are asked to do something outside your job-spec and are told "It's OK, it will only take 5 minutes", when you know full well it will take 3 weeks will involve grey hairs and no overtime.

Congratulations! You have been hit by a random act of management.

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