Dieter Quickfend wrote:Nothing is impossible.
fred rosenberger wrote:
Really? I'm not sure I agree that is true.
Ferdinand Victorinus wrote:Have you ever received an impossible task to work with? Something that you know it is impossible to do, maybe by the deadline or by the activity itself?
What have you done on situations like that?
Ask what the priority is within the amount of time you are assigned to that manager. And I know what you are thinking – the manager will just say everything is a priority. Push back when this happens. Insist on an answer. Give an example “since everything is the same priority; I can just pick randomly what doesn’t get done, right”. Of course not! It’s a great way to start a conversation. Then insist more on an answer. Seriously – as long as you are insisting nicely, it should be ok. Even if your manager gets a little annoyed about the discussion, it is worth it. Because the alternative is your manager being a lot annoyed that the decision your made on your own wasn’t the one he/she wanted.
fred rosenberger wrote:My job is writing and supporting interfaces between various applications. I get specs that ask me to populate outbound message with data that I do not get in the inbound message. For example, "populate THIS field with the date the medication was administered". We check with the sending application, and they do not store that date, so they can't send it to me.
How am I supposed to provide data that isn't there?
Bear Bibeault wrote:Impossible? Easy?
Real world example: "We need a complete rewrite of the front-end code for this huge web application that has 13 copies* in different languages. We need it by Friday".
This, on Tuesday morning. Available staff: one hands-on manager (me), one mid-level developer who was mostly Java and light on HTML/CSS, and one QA guy.
I ended up leaving the job because of this -- the last of many completely impossible and unreasonable tasks.
* Yes, copies. No code sharing among 13 implementations of a web app where 99% of the functionality was common. (Not my doing -- I walked into this mess.)
Bear Bibeault wrote:I ended up leaving the job because of this -- the last of many completely impossible and unreasonable tasks.
Dieter Quickfend wrote:Well, first of all, you never say "That's impossible." Our job is to find solutions for the impossible...
Claude Moore wrote:Most of the time, business guys hear only what they want to hear
Perhaps "That is impossible with the given parameters" is a better way of putting it. There is a lot of truth to that old adage:
Dieter Quickfend wrote:Well, first of all, you never say "That's impossible."