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Manflesh Inactive Member25 Nov 2013 10:08 a.m. PST

In an amazing display of organisational bone-headedness, a partner organisation we work with needed a process ideally requiring 3 months of groundwork done in 10 days. Instead of telling them to come and join us on planet earth, senior management here stepped in and said that just this once we will oblige. Said senior manager then disappears off on leave.

I am not bad at my job. I realise the enormity of the task and pull a bunch of lates. I make myself ill- nothing actually too bad but I had to have an ECG in case the mild blackouts were indicative of anything more serious. I get the job done.

This morning my line manager is very angry. Apparently it has just been discovered that the completion date for the scheme has had to be put back. I ask for how long. 3 months is the answer.

I'm having trouble processing this, so have been laughing intermittently all day. I discover that TMP has a board about the workplace, and reason that no-one at the office will ever look here.

Fun times.


Personal logo Wyatt the Odd Supporting Member of TMP Fezian25 Nov 2013 10:24 a.m. PST

It looks like some other partner did what senior management didn't do and let them know they couldn't have it when they wanted it.

I get this all the time – three new or completely revised product lines to be launched Q1 (plus the owners decided to go to CES at the last moment and want a spiffy hospitality suite). Any one of those projects requires at least one-two months to do right – and they want it done concurrently.


Jakse375 Inactive Member25 Nov 2013 11:52 a.m. PST

Manflesh, I work at a local college, take a look at any of my threads involving "Alpha Complex" and you'll see you are not alone.

kreoseus2 Inactive Member25 Nov 2013 12:42 p.m. PST

I get "here is the schedule we have agreed to. Can we do it ?"

Not "here is the schedule.Should we agree to it and can you do it"….

Streitax Inactive Member25 Nov 2013 3:48 p.m. PST

Well, organizations are full of enablers and those who are about to lose their job because they won't be enablers. We are lead by Captain Picards, 'Make it so, number One', 'It is so, Captain.' To actually enquire about the feasibility of deadlines just means you are not 'empowering' your employees by giving the 'stretch goals'. Of course, when they meet those goals and bonus time rolls around, well, yes YOU met your goals but your group/the division/the company did not meet their targets so . . . no bonus.

zippyfusenet Inactive Member25 Nov 2013 6:02 p.m. PST

The game is Corporate Chicken.

(We can't possibly make our deadline.) "How are you doing on your deadline?"

(We're dead. We're so dead we're drawing flies.) "Doing fine, doing fine. Right on target. What about you?"

"Oh, we're good, really good. Look at this pretty Powerpoint slide. Look at all the boxes that are filled in on the task schedule." (Lies! All desperate lies! We're so screwed.)

"Well great! See you at the next project meeting in a week!" (Maybe we can cut the testing schedule 75% if we work three shifts and weekends. But we'd better not find any bugs, 'cause we won't have time to fix them.)

A week later…

"Um, the off-shore team has missed a couple of milestones, so in the interest of prudence we're going to have to slip the implementation date a week." (Doom. Death. No bonus. Fired.)

"Oh that's too bad. The business unit will be disappointed." (Yeah! Hurray! Saved! For at least a week. Thank Gawd for the off-shore team and their unblemished record of failure! Hoo-hah!)

The G Dog Fezian Inactive Member25 Nov 2013 6:53 p.m. PST

"Well great! See you at the next project meeting in a week!" (Maybe we can cut the testing schedule 75% if we work three shifts and weekends. But we'd better not find any bugs, 'cause we won't have time to fix them.)

I didn't know you worked with my team?

Cutting the testing schedule is so common in our organization. You can't cut the development time to actually build the code, you can't let the date slip to deploy the code, so the testing team constantly 'takes one for the team' and gets their allotted time gutted like a fish…and cannot test all the use cases and identify the defects prior to production.

I'm actually rejoicing that the business unit pulled two requirements with the understanding that I get to walk them through 'processing mapping' what the existing application acutally does for the rest of the year. Its better than trying to meet Zippy's 'schedule of doom'.

Oh joy!

zippyfusenet Inactive Member26 Nov 2013 6:15 a.m. PST

G Dog, I think we all work at the same place. I hear these days that there's just one guy who owns everything.

I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
No, I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
Well, I wake up in the morning
Fold my hands and pray for rain
I got a head full of ideas
That are drivin' me insane
It's a shame the way she makes me scrub the floor
I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member26 Nov 2013 9:21 a.m. PST

Well, for me, one Department in the County is baulking at paying another Department in the County to book a room for a long term booking so I'm being asked to sort quotes from non-County organisations to see if I can get the room cheaper in the 'private' sector…

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