You must have heard about people complaining about impossible schedules. In a modern day project scenario, there is always pressure to deliver in very less time with each successive project receiving lesser time to deliver than the previous one. I have many people ranting about this. To be truthful, I have also complained about this to many of my friends and colleagues. Recently, I was talking to Pappettan about this dilemma and it was interesting to note his take on this issue.
Me: They want me to deliver this project in 2 months.
Me: How is it possible? They are asking me to do an impossible task.
Pappettan: *with a smile* What did Napolean teach us? I thought you wrote about it in your blog long back.
Me: *with a defensive tone* Well, he said... Impossible n'est pas français. But, I am not French!
Pappettan: *chuckling* Are you sure it is impossible?
Me: *quickly seizes the opportunity to lecture Pappettan* Don't you know it takes 9 months to deliver a child. If you put three people, the baby won't come out in 3 months. *sports a victorious smile after the grand speech*
Pappettan: *chuckling more*
Pappettan: *calmly* It is possible to deliver a baby in 3 months with one person.
Me: *about to say he has gone mad and then has second thoughts*
Pappettan: *smiles for an eternity, takes a brief pause before talking* You need to start with 6 month pregnant woman. Then it is possible to deliver in 3 months.