4 responses to “Requirements & Relativity”

  1. Moiety

    You essentially have to manage your managers so that you can convey the reality of the situation. When I get an unreasonable deadline, I speak up and try to get the issue solved from the get-go.

  2. gasstationwithoutpumps

    Academics deal all the time with completely unreasonable deadlines: university bureaucrats are very fond of creating deadlines that allow the administrators months to plan, then informing professors that they have one day to comment on and correct the plans. Sometimes they apologize for the short notice, but they don’t really mean it.

  3. Jed Sutherland

    I’ve been on quite a few projects ranging from installing electrical equipment to manufacturing to product development.

    In most situations, if you give your boss a timeline, he/she won’t like it. Early on in my career, I made the mistake of being honest and having to defend those decisions which would result in the project “taking too much time”.

    As I became older and savvier, I built in buffers and estimated longer times for projects for 2 reasons:
    *I knew that the timeline would be chopped down in any case.
    *Even with the best planning in the world, something unforeseen would occur that would drive the project over budget and late.

    Now that I am even older, savvier, more cynical and possessed of a thicker skin, I put up token resistance to timeline changes and get on with the job. If the project is on time, I’m a hero. If the project is late, I have to take a bunch of heat, but generally, the work will continue regardless.

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