One would think, that with this being Christmas week, and tomorrow being the eve, and the fact that half the government took today off to burn their use or lose leave, that today would have been a slow day. Well, one would be wrong for thinking that. It was busy; actually, to be more accurate, it was really busy. I swear that my customers wanted to squeeze two weeks worth of work into two days, but that is assuming that tomorrow is going to be just as busy.
Now, part of it is my own fault. When you threaten that you are going to close projects because they are unfunded, you do tend to start a panic with the contractors and the government agencies that rely on their work. So, a lot of the customers calling today was about how to get me funds and why I am threatening to close the projects. So, as I said, some of it was self-inflicted. However, some of it was brought on by outside forces. Meetings being moved up moved task due dates up. I had to rush to create a briefing chart for my boss a day early because his meeting was moved up to tomorrow. Who has meetings on Christmas Eve? Since other analysts are out their customers call me, making even more work.
And, since I mentioned unfunded projects, I have to say this. When I am threatening to shut down a project, and a temporary budget (or CRA) was passed in October, please do not send a message saying to the government project leader “Thank you for getting money to Brian so quickly.” You’ve had some funding for months now, almost three months. Three months is not quick, even in the government. And why should it take me threatening your project for you to send me funds? This currently unfunded project has been on the contract for a few years now, so they know they are going to have to fund it. This is not something new! Three months, and now I look l mean because I had to threaten you.