A client recorded a long training session on a subject I’m completely unfamiliar with. He didn’t want to waste the footage and wants it turned into a course for that reason.
Me: Do you have a course description or goals? Why are we making this? Who has to take it?
Client: No, but there’s a document with the videos. Just look at that. Now, when you edit the videos into a course, be sure to remove all of the swearing and anything that might be offensive. I’m telling you, this guy is a lot of fun and he swears a lot. Cut it all up into logical parts. Oh, and he doesn’t always tell you what he’s talking about and he doesn’t go in any order. Sometimes he starts talking about something and you don’t even know why until a few hours have passed! He’s great. I need this by the end of next week.
Me: I updated you on this a while ago – I’m away next week. I won’t be able to work on this if that’s your deadline.
I’ve been telling him about this for months, and at least once a week for the past month. It’s also on both of our calendars and the group calendar.
Supervisor: Well, you can do it in two days then. I could do it in one day. In fact, just get it done.
There are actually seven hours of video (not five), the document is TOTALLY useless, and the video isn’t in any sort of natural order. I don’t know anything about the subject, so I can’t help there. So in two days, I’m supposed to download and go through seven hours of video I’ve never seen before, cut and edit it, remove anything offensive, bounce it all, upload to the server, create the course, and more
Also, the guy in the video swears A LOT. Like, a lot a lot.