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Life's Little I.T. Lessons, #677

Remember, kids: every time you move Heaven and Earth to make a tight deadline, they'll cut 8 hours off your budget for the next project.

-The Gneech

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mouser
Oct. 27th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
This is referred to as "Spock's Law of project management" and is why you take any time estimate and change it to the next larger unit of measure (days become weeks, etc.)
laurie_robey
Oct. 27th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
We don't get to give estimates most of the time. We're told, "This is what you need to do, and this is how many hours you have."

When we are allowed to give an estimate, we're usually told it's too high, and contracts cuts the budget.
mouser
Oct. 27th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
I've had that meeting. The boss "asked" for my input on how long a given piece would take, then answered himself. After the second item on his list, I was mentally updating my resume. (Company lasted about six more months.)
ladyfox7oaks
Oct. 27th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
I hear that happen all the time around here... but as we're the State offices well....

Let's just say the turnover is higher than you'd expect for a company to have and still survive.
carlfoxmarten
Oct. 27th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Have you tried being just a little bit late, by a day or two?

You know, just to make them think you have a lot of work to do.
the_gneech
Oct. 27th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, all that does is guarantee I don't get a raise this year.

-TG
carlfoxmarten
Oct. 27th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Isn't there someone you can complain to?

And what about that article about managing IT properly you posted about a while ago?
invisiblewolf
Oct. 28th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
That's why I don't respect artificial deadlines at work.

-Spiritwolf.
hossblacksilver
Oct. 28th, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
Don't you remember Scotty's rule?

KIRK: Mr. Scott. Have you always multiplied your repair estimates by a factor of four?

SCOTTY: Certainly, sir. How else can I keep my reputation as a miracle worker?
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