Discussion on: What's your worst nightmare as a coder?

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Karl N. Redman

I hate the following scenario (which I've been part of many times in the past):

them: Here's a new urgent project. How long will it take to build it?

me: 2 weeks for a hack, 3 weeks to get it right. When is it needed?

them: We've already sold it, billing has gone out and we promised to deliver it last Thursday.

me: So, what is my drop-dead delivery date?

them: Last Thursday.