« Last post by geekette on Today at 05:05:40 AM »
I perform a specialized IT function for the wider IT department of my company, and one of the tasks I do it a particular sort of review on all software coming out. To make it non-identifiable, let's say I paint the software CDs blue. The CD's must be blue, it is a regulatory requirement by law, so you can't just sneak your CDs into their box because you ran out of time. Unfortunately, painting CD's blue takes about a week to do, and there are only two of us in the company that know how to use a paint brush.
The project lead needs 40 CDs painted in 1 month (4 weeks) - if we worked overtime, we could maybe paint half that. Oh, and he will have another 40 systems for us to review the month after. I will give this particular project lead credit - he knows he has an impossible request. He is apologetic about it. He just WILL NOT change the request.
Since these CDs all need the same shade of paint, I am currently suggesting that we make the paint beforehand and teach some of his developers to paint the CDs. We can check the paint coat is even afterwards, which would be much quicker. He likes this idea. He doesn't like scheduling time for us to teach his developers to paint, but with luck he'll give in before my boss (a people-pleaser who's promised the impossible before) does.