Some Things Just Take Time

Some Things Just Take Time

I learned recently that an elephant's gestation period is 18 months. It takes 18 months for an elephant to have a baby elephant.

It's also a fact that three elephants can't make a baby elephant in six months. There is no shortcut; it takes one elephant 18 months.

The same is true for software development projects. Often I'll hear my clients say, "Can't we just hire more people to get this work done faster?" And unfortunately, frequently the answer is "no."

There could be any number of reasons for this, from dependencies (e.g., we can't develop Z until Y is built and we can't build Y until X is finished...) to actual resources (e.g., Martha is the only developer who can do that work; training up someone new would take longer than Martha doing it alone).

This shouldn't stop you from asking the question "Is there anything we can do to speed this up?" But sometimes we just have to acknowledge that a project is going to take as long as the project takes, no matter how many additional resources we throw at it.

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Are You Answering Your Calls?

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I’ve written about this before, but apparently I have to keep repeating it. If you’ve …

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Who do you trust?

January 31, 2019

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Set benchmarks to measure progress

January 24, 2019

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You’ll make incorrect decisions. Acknowledge them and fix it.

January 17, 2019

A client of mine recently wrote the following to me: “It’s so hard to set …

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"Experience is unobservable to everyone except the person who it happens to."

January 10, 2019

In Dan Gilbert’s book Stumbling on Happiness, he writes: “Experience is unobservable to everyone except …

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Know Your Audience Before You Speak

December 20, 2018

This one may seem obvious, but when you’re speaking to anyone, whether it’s one person, …

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"Behavior is a function of the person in their environment."

December 13, 2018

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Signal-to-noise ratio

December 5, 2018

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Consultants bring perspective

November 28, 2018

Consultants bring perspective At a recent speaking engagement, I was asked what I think is …

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