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Journal of nicholas (3034)

Wednesday April 04, 2007
05:33 PM

"underwear on first"

[ #32910 ]

Scrottie doesn't seem to be having a good day :-(

It reminds me of a company, where the ticket for one of the development tasks I was assigned started "Now that we've signed the contract with $third_party we need to work out whether it's possible to deliver what is described in the agreement." And what do you, dear mis-management, think I the programmer am going to do, if it turns out not to be possible? Perhaps it would have been a good idea to ask the programmers first, before making promises that you may not be able to keep.

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  • My favorite way to explain this is to put a dollar value on things.

    So if a biz/sales guy says we can do something, it's a "$1000 promise" or a "$100,000 promise" or a "$1,000,000 promise".

    These guys know dollars. If they have to make a $100,000 promise and make the techies life hell to secure a $10,000,000 deal, so be it. Lets face it, most things are possible, they just sometimes have unbelievably large price tags on them.

    Then it's just a case of having them check which promise are $100,000 promises. Which
    • I don't understand.

      If the company makes my life hell, I don't care how much money is involved (unless a lot of it will go to me as a bonus, I suppose, but that's unlikely). I'm just going to quit and get a job with nicer people.