Please, people. It's not that hard. If you've got a project, you have two things to manage - budget, and deadline. Now, if you expect people to meet your deadline, you need to have your budget secured.
Let's have some background... At the end of last month, there was a meeting. At this meeting, it was said that in order to meet the delivery dates, certain tasks such as buying servers needed to be expedited. Not a problem.
So last week a big-wig from that group calls me, and we're rushing like mad to get all the work done in order to have those servers on time, and we finally get all of our paperwork and such done.
Yesterday, I find out that the authorization for the money has not been supplied to us.
Today, I find out that it has not been signed yet.
Thusly, I WANT TO KILL SOMEONE, CAN YOU GUESS WHO IT IS!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!
This is the problem with the company. People are so worried that other people will not get their part done in time, that they neglect their own. Then, when dates slip, they blame the other parties. Not gonna happen this time, buddy. We'll take this right back to them. I put my ass on the line to get things done for them, and they want to stick me out to dry.
Homey don't play dat.
I feel quite justified in tell them that their dates WILL slip, and we CANNOT get their project done before... oh, say... sometime next year.... because THEY DIDN'T DO SHIT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO.
This asshole was on the phone telling me they had to have this shit done in time, and they wanted to know who to talk to to get things done. I took it upon myself to say I'd take care of things for them. I should have fucking let them call whoever they wanted. That way, I'd be laughing my ass off right now when they escalated themselves into the ground.
Instead, I'm pissed. Deeply pissed. Royally pissed.
And someone's gonna pay.
Which is not to say the people on our side did any better - they committed to dates they couldn't meet. And they're now whining up a storm because they did all that "rush work" and the project stalled.
Sorry guys, fuck you too.
I'm stuck in the middle wondering why people just can't make realistic dates, why they can't stick to them, and really why can't they do their jobs in the time allotted.... If you say you can do something, then DO it. It's that easy.