Friday, September 29, 2006

Insight

OK. From time to time I am asked to come up with a timeframe for how long a project will take. I will get very vaugue information from a supervisor who will then stand by me while I read the document. I'll ask about 100 questions which no one will know the answer to and then I reply...

"Two weeks"

I'm usually asked "Why so long?" The truth of the matter is two weeks gives me enough time to find out what is going on and then to do the task. The advantage of the two weeks is I also have two "Non business days" in case I get in a bind. This way I look good, the supervisor looks good, the company looks good and the customer is happy because we came in under the estimate and the job was done right.

Of course, I can't say this, so...

I mumble something about scripts, other projects etc... and go back to work.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's a good idea to keep those looking over your shoulder off your back.

When asked, by me, "How long will it take?" to husband who is doing some sort of something around the house - he always says, "All day."

He knows that I'm not surprised when it does but always plesantly surprised when it doesn't.

Houston said...

I agree with you. It's worked well for me so far.