DEADLINE, chapter 11. This situation we ought to leaven.

--Originally published at TI2011 – Roger's Rad Records


The plot of the book thickened in this chapter: Mr. T was having a great morning until Waldo came and told him that the NNL had to go to the US and put someone else in charge. “Allair Belok, Minister of Internal Affairs and Deputy Tyrant” is how he introduced himself. He made a strong first impression by joking with Mr. Tompkins’ countdown display and making it display ‘420’. By the way he was described, Belok seemed like an infuriating person. Mr. T got all sarcastic and the two of them started discussing about the deadlines, the teams, the managers, profit, among other things.

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Belok basically wanted to let Mr. Tompkins know that things would be different while he was in charge. He ordered to merge the three teams for each product into one bigger team, he set a new deadline six months earlier than the previous one* and didn’t seem to care about what Mr. T had to tell him. He just wouldn’t listen and turned out to be just the kind of boss Webster despised.

The NNL was gone, and so was Ms. Hoolihan. Mr. T, Belinda and Gabriel had no alternative: they had to do as Belok commanded and all of their efforts until then would go to waste. Or would they? They actually decided to obey their new superior, but not without making new secret teams to stick to their original plan and secretly work on three different instances for each of the products, as they initially intended,

This chapter was heavily focused on the story, so there isn’t much technical content for this entry. The only thing I can think of is the Pathological Politics mentioned in both Mr. T’s

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Deadline, Chapter 11

--Originally published at TI2011 – Miguel’s Blog

Chapter 11 starts peacefully. Tompkins was enjoying a beautiful morning. He was breathing the fresh air, looking at birds, relaxing stuff. However, things take a complete 180° when he arrives at his office. NNL had gone to the states and the man in charge was now Mr. Belok. He was very different from NNL. NNL was portrayed as a really evil man at first, but once the book introduced him, he turned out to be a reasonable man. On the other hand, Mr. Belok was very different, even if he, himself, said that he was reasonable.

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The first thing Mr. Belok did change the deadline. The deadline was a few months earlier than Tompkins expected. Mr. Belok was very strict. He stated what he wanted and wasn’t backing off. However, as strict as he was, he made some solid points, although he made some not solid ones too. The first point he made was the insane money they were going to lose for every day that the products are late. With all 6 products they would be making $250,000 a year. So every day the project goes over the deadline they are losing $250,000. Moreover, Mr. Belok wasn’t fond of the management experiment at all, mainly because he was losing money. Mr. Belok demanded that Tompkins joins all 3 teams for each project.

Tompkins didn’t respond calmly to Mr. Belok’s request. And Tompkins actually did many things that you are supposed to do in this situation. Tompkins explained his view of the project as well as gave some criticism of his own. He mentioned that joining the teams would actually increase the time needed, which was true according to his tests. However, Mr. Belok was having none of it. He didn’t care if the projects took longer. And Continue reading "Deadline, Chapter 11"

Deadline, Chapter 11

--Originally published at Project Evaluation and Management Blog

If there is something project managers seem to get used to over time is to manage problems, it even seems that experienced managers don’t get affected emotionally by them anymore. Giving it a good thought that seems like a challenge, and to be able to put away all work problems should be considered a gift in my opinion.

Chapter 11 reflection

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Chapter 11: The Sinister Minister Belok

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On a cool spring morning in Moravia. Mr. T on his way to work, the morning is perfect to enjoy and breathe the freshness of a new day as he walks to Aidrivoli Campus. The path where he walks is beautiful because it crossesy the vineyards and along the side of a little brook. Although you think that he only walked from A to B every day, but in Morovia this can be completely different since you can see many more things than we could find in any city. Mr. T has been for more than 3 months in Morovia and did not remember what it is to have such a happy day in his life, only in Morovia has he achieved this.

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To many of us it happens that sometimes we do not appreciate the paths that lead us to work, or to school and when we really stay to observe those paths we realize things as simple as colors or people who could be there every day. or some particularity of some facade. Normally we are always thinking about whether we will be on time, where we will find parking or anything else.

Mr. T was optimistic about some of the smaller projects that might be complete by then, however a project like PShop that is one of the biggest might come a year later than planned. in that project at least, was to figure out some way to gain a full year. For now, he could relax and feel good about all the things that were going right. NNL seemed like a pretty sensible fellow once Mr. T had taken a firm stand and laid down the law to him.

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