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it was clear they had no idea what they wanted or needed.
But finish it by Friday.


This is an everyday occurrence at my job.

That's OK as long as there is sufficient padding in the budget.
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it was clear they had no idea what they wanted or needed.
But finish it by Friday.


This is an everyday occurrence at my job.

That's OK as long as there is sufficient padding in the budget.


Budget? That would indicate some form of planning or forethought. That doesn't happen either. They just want everything right now.


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But finish it by Friday.


This is an everyday occurrence at my job.

That's OK as long as there is sufficient padding in the budget.


Budget? That would indicate some form of planning or forethought. That doesn't happen either. They just want everything right now.

"As long as ..."
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But finish it by Friday.


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That's OK as long as there is sufficient padding in the budget.


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it was clear they had no idea what they wanted or needed.
But finish it by Friday.


This is an everyday occurrence at my job.


You have until Friday? Geez, you're spoiled!


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it was clear they had no idea what they wanted or needed.
But finish it by Friday.


This is an everyday occurrence at my job.


You have until Friday? Geez, you're spoiled!


OK - yesterday then.
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Greg Edwards-268690 (4/3/2014)
When Marketing meets with Engineering, nothing is impossible.

Reminds me of a meeting where the business wanted something built, but when you started asking some questions, it was clear they had no idea what they wanted or needed.
But finish it by Friday.

I've known that happen, but don't assume that it's always marketing to blame. It usually is, but not always - check out which engineers they've been talking to first; or which accountants; or which project managers. The worst is when some engineers have a half-baked scheme to build something wonderful, but haven't noticed that they haven't a clue how to do it and don't have the first idea about either how to estimate costs or how to undertake serious research or even to conduct development efficiently, and manage to sell that half-baked scheme to marketing and to the CFO - usually these maketing and finance types know nothing about engineering, so it's easy to sell them a load of rubbish.

It tends to be marketing and accountants that screw things up in IT activities, but with engineers helping tham they can screw it up far worse than without.


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it was clear they had no idea what they wanted or needed.
But finish it by Friday.


This is an everyday occurrence at my job.


If it happens every day and each needs to be completed by Friday, doesn't that mean your backlog builds geometrically?



My mantra: No loops! No CURSORs! No RBAR! Hoo-uh!

My thought question: Have you ever been told that your query runs too fast?

My advice:
INDEXing a poor-performing query is like putting sugar on cat food. Yeah, it probably tastes better but are you sure you want to eat it?
The path of least resistance can be a slippery slope. Take care that fixing your fixes of fixes doesn't snowball and end up costing you more than fixing the root cause would have in the first place.


Need to UNPIVOT? Why not CROSS APPLY VALUES instead?
Since random numbers are too important to be left to chance, let's generate some!
Learn to understand recursive CTEs by example.
Splitting strings based on patterns can be fast!
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