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Re: Sub-initiate needs help getting started

by pboin (Deacon)
on Aug 27, 2003 at 13:49 UTC ( #287037=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Sub-initiate needs help getting started

I'll just skip the technical side of things. You seem to be getting your ducks in a row, and there's *tons* of good advice in other replies.

One side that IMO hasn't been addressed much, is your responsibility to yourself and to your management to get their expectations exactly where they need to be. If I were in your shoes, I would have expressed *huge* doubts about the October deadline. Maybe you'll make it, and maybe you won't, but you should be telling them when it can be done, not have them tell you when it *will* be done.

You may piss some people off. (I've literally had people red-faced and jumping up and down.) However, once you do it a few times, and people know your word is good, life becomes much easier on you, and your organization will be better for it.

Do not bow to pressure -- the truth will set you free.

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Re: Re: Sub-initiate needs help getting started
by Lori713 (Pilgrim) on Aug 27, 2003 at 14:08 UTC
    It's funny you should mention that... I've recently expressed my concern over this massive a project (given my limited programming experience and knowledge of the languages involved). He's taking it to the committee that decides on deadlines, and I should hear something back soon (a little more complex that that simple statement makes it sound - we're in the middle of a massive software upgrade). I'm pretty sure the deadline for these new reports will be pushed out. Cross your fingers.

    On the other hand, the best you can do is the best you can do, and I try to duck under the political radar.

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