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The Hayes Bolt Chart

I am guessing that this gift of good humor comes from Hayes Bolt & Supply in San Diego, CA but I saw it appear on FaceBook and being a “Hayes” myself I had to share it here.

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Watch People in Other Industries React Hilariously to Being Asked for Free Spec Work | Adweek

Whether to Charge for Estimates is often a touchy subject amongst contractors and while I am firmly in the “It Depends” camp for reasoning discussed elsewhere I think here is a lot of evidence for the charge case.

Watch People in Other Industries React Hilariously to Being Asked for Free Spec Work

People in other industries don’t provide their would-be clients with “spec work” for free. That would be asinine. So, why do advertising agencies continue to do it? It’s not a new question. (This Adweek story from August was just the latest assessment of a practice that goes back decades.)

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From The Onion: Dad Immediately Develops Deep Friendship With Guy Giving Quote On Replacing Windows

Yes, this is from The Onion but there is a whole lot of underlying truth in the story it tells.

Dad Immediately Develops Deep Friendship With Guy Giving Quote On Replacing Windows

‘None Of Your Friends Understand How Hard It Is,’ Report Reads WASHINGTON-Noting that the level of mental strain associated with the profession was far and away the highest recorded, a federal study on workplace conditions and occupational stress released Thursday has confirmed that your job is the most demanding career in the entire nation, and that none of your friends or family fully understand how hard it is.

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Trying to fix a bug in production…

Is this the best way to try and fix a bug in a production process…

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Paperwork

I was going through a stack of old handwritten notes yesterday tossing what I no longer needed (which amounted to about 99% if what I had in the shoe-box) and found this scribbled on a old 3×5 card and thought it was project management relevant and worth saving.

“Although I can accept talking scarecrows, lions and great wizards of emerald cities, I find it hard to believe there is no paperwork involved when your house lands on a witch.”
— Dave James

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The Real Dictionary of Construction Terminology

To supplement The Paradigm 360 Estimating & Project Management Glossary found elsewhere on this site I posted this from:

The Real Dictionary of Construction Terminology

Contractor – A gambler who never gets to shuffle, cut or deal.

Bid Opening – A poker game in which the losing hand wins.

Bid – A wild guess carried out to two decimal places.

Low Bidder – A contractor who is wondering what he left out.

Engineer’s Estimate – The cost of construction in heaven.

Project Manager – The conductor of an orchestra in which every musician is in a different union.

Critical Path Method – A management technique for losing your shirt under perfect control.

OSHA – A protective coating made by half-baking a mixture of fine print, red tape, split hairs and baloney–usually applied at random with a shotgun.

Strike – An effort to increase egg production by strangling the chicken.

Delayed Payment – A tourniquet applied at the pockets.

Completion Date – The point at which liquidated damages begin.

Liquidated Damages – A penalty for failing to achieve the impossible.

Auditor – Person who goes in after the war is lost and bayonets the wounded.

Lawyer – Person who goes in after the auditors to strip the bodies.

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The Problem With This Business Is

The problem with this business is…

The Project As the Architect Designed It
The Project As the Architect Designed It
The Project As the Estimator Bid It
The Project As the Estimator Bid It
The Project As Engineering Designed It
The Project As Engineering Designed It

The Project As the Shop Built It
The Project As the Shop Built It

The Project As the Contractor Installed It
The Project As the Contractor Installed It

What the Customer Really Wanted
What the Customer Really Wanted

Adapted for Builders & Remodelers from an illustration found in the book
Visualizing
Project Management:
A Model for Business and Technical Success

by Kevin Forsberg, et al

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