Disclaimer: The characters belong to Ngozi Ukazu.
Holster had applied for jobs as a project manager because he'd figured it would use skills he already had. He spent over three years planning Ransom's study schedule to (mostly successfully) try to keep him out of coral reef mode! He and Ransom planned three years' worth of kegsters! He and Rans kept a hockey team in line for an entire year and made it pretty far into the playoffs! He's fucking swawesome at organization and scheduling and budgeting and keeping things on track!
But it turns out project management involves all those skills and a whole lot more, and it generally requires a familiarity with the business world that Holster just hasn't had the time to build up. How is he supposed to know which risks to anticipate when it comes to implementing an organization-wide software change? What the hell is "change management"? And why are project managers always supposed to refer to people working on the project as "resources"? Even his econ classes weren't that cynical.
"Holtzy, breathe," Ransom says, pausing the online module on project scheduling that they're both supposed to be taking notes from.
"I'm fine," Holster says before he's even fully processed that Ransom just had to tell him to breathe. Then he does process it, and he adds, "Sorry."
"Nah, don't give me that," Ransom replies. "You're allowed to not be okay. Fuck knows you've been there for me enough times."
"Nope," says Ransom. "Come on, what's bothering you?"
"I—" Holster shakes his head and takes another breath. "What if I'm not good at this?"
"At project management?" Ransom asks. "Bro, you're gonna be swawesome."
"But I don't understand this task dependency stuff at all," Holster protests. "It isn't, like, fitting into my brain. How the hell can a start-to-finish dependency even exist? That means the predecessor comes after the successor, which is just backward!"
Ransom frowns for a few seconds, staring off over Holster's shoulder in a way that Holster knows means Ransom's thinking. Then Ransom says, "Yeah, the predecessor/successor language makes this confusing. You're right. But think about shift work, like at a store or whatever. If you're not closing, what needs to happen for you to finish your shift?"
"The next shift needs to start," Holster says, and then: "Oh! So it's a start-to-finish dependency because the next shift needs to start in order for my shift to finish. Ransom, that makes so much sense. Why didn't the video use that example?"
"I don't know, bro," Ransom replies. "But you get it now?"
"Anytime. We may be graduating, but I've still got your back."