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I am a software engineer, and I was given the task of designing, building, and implementing a user...

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I am a software engineer, and I was given the task of designing, building, and implementing a user preferences/defaults service for a large scale data reporting and visualization web site.

Day two:

Client: I see you’ve logged 12 hours. What’s taking so long? It shouldn’t take more than 6 hours.

Me: There’s actually a lot to it….

I explained the ins and outs of the process and what I needed to do to reach their goals.

Client: Oh ok. Sounds like it can be done under 120 hours, though, right?

Me: Oh, definitely. I’m just laying the groundwork right now. Once that’s done, it’ll go pretty quick.

Day four:

Me: The base service and UI menu is complete. I now need to know exactly what preferences to implement.

Client: Uh…start with the two list sorting options, and I’ll get back to you on the others.

Me: Nothing else?

Client: Not for now. That list sorting is a big one.

Day five:

Me: Each user can now select a default for one of the two sorting methods. There’s not much else to do except establish all the other preferences.

Client: Oh. Well the sorting should be good enough. Go ahead and finish it up, and submit the work.

Me: You don’t want anything else in there?

Client: Nah. Our users really hate clicking that sort button every time.

Me: So all you really needed from me was to change the default sorting method? Not everything else I’ve done?

Client: Yeah, I guess.

They paid me for the time I spent, but I’m not sure why they oversold what they needed from me.


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