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OrangyTang

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I hate having to work weekends because deadlines are looming. The worst part is that I've been saying our schedules are unrealistic for the last month, but nothings been done about it. :(
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It's very easy (and often therapeutic) to complain about tight schedules, but realize that in many cases nothing can be done. Try talking to upper management about why things are so tight before assuming that someone has just made up a release date just to make you suffer [wink]

I've been in precisely one situation where the release date actually was getting made up on the spot for no apparent reason. It could not be justified by the person who invented it, aside from "that's when I want it to be done." I have, by contrast, been involved in far too many tight-deadline projects. As often as not, the management hates the crunch just as much as you do.

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I've been in precisely one situation where the release date actually was getting made up on the spot for no apparent reason. It could not be justified by the person who invented it, aside from "that's when I want it to be done."

Without going into the specifics, thats what happened here. There is no external influences involved other than a line drawn in the sand. Drawn, I might add, by people who were at home over the weekend while we were asked to work.

The deadline has now come and gone, and we missed it completely. Not for lack of effort either - I might have been doing silly hours, but others were doing even more. My stuff was done (just) but other areas were incomplete causing the whole thing to fail.

But the worst part is that we've now had an arbitrary extension of a month (again, just an arbitrary number pulled from a hat). If that had been done a week ago we'd have a whole lot of people a lot less stressed, doing sensible hours. And we'd likely have a proper implementation, rather than the somewhat hacky held-together-with-sticky-tape version we've got now which will come back to bite us eventually.

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