As noted in yesterday's entry, I am getting resistance from the owner about spending time up front designing and estimating my work before diving in. Today, I sat down with the project manager and was blunt. The scope of work is so extensive and complicated that my design and estimate is taking longer than usual. My fear was that the owner was going to order me to stop designing and start coding. When I heard my project manager's response, I could have kissed him.
You have to do the design and estimate. Period. But don't call it a "design" or an "estimate". When ***** asks what you are doing, tell him about the current part that you are "working on" and start going into detail.