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Ovid (2709)

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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

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Wednesday April 09, 2003
12:07 PM

Kissing the Project Manager

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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.

Problem solved :)

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  • Another approach, depending on how technical the Owner is, is to reframe things in terms they'll get right away. Something like, "I'm doing detailed planning. This is a complicated project, and if we start construction on it without having worked through some of the details, we risk having to tear down walls to put in plumbing, and then tear them down again to put in wiring. That'd be wasting a lot of our time and your money, and we don't want to do that. Now what was your question?"