Working with Enterprise
– By @BorisDinkevich (296 words)
We need you to help us deliver a package, just there, across the hill.
That was my introduction to a freelance gig, given to me by a senior manager at a large Enterprise company.
“No problem, Ill just take it there and be back in a few hours”.
That got me one of those “are you crazy?” looks. “I don’t think you understand” he said “we need your expertise here. We have a team of five ready to go and we already procured most of the equipment they will require”.
Now I was really getting confused, “Five people?”.
A proud smile split his face, “Yes! Last time we tried with nine people – as there is a lot of equipment to carry: camping, food, cooking, etc. But, our architects noticed that the team can share things like cooking utensils. So five is enough”.
“Of course, its going ot take three days, they need food and shelter.”
“I thought you said the package needs to be delivered just over the hill, why three days?”
“Oh, thats because of all the equipment they need to carry. It should take three days to get there, but we packed for five, just in case.”
“Wait.. so without the equipment, couldn’t one guy just walk it in one day and be done with it?”
I could see he felt a bit embarrassed about the next bit: “Well, that might be possible, but I only now got into this project and my predecessor already had the team hired and equipment bought..”
“I see, so why am I here then?”
He was happy to be back on familiar grounds, “That’s where your unique skills are needed, such a big team is legally required to have a medic with them”
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