Celebrating the 12 days of Christmas
with short reflections on 12 gifts
Good, fast, cheap: Pick two.
Who says you can’t have it all? Well, apparently software developers do, and good for them. This short injunction neatly sums up the real but often unacknowledged trade-offs in the performance/schedule/cost world of project management. Would that more managers understood/admitted it; would that more workers felt able to articulate it in response to unreasonable demands!
But we don’t live our whole lives at work: sometimes we are the ones being our own difficult customer or stern taskmaster. At those times, may we remember to step back, take a deep breath, and pick two.