To: Fledermaus; Sherman Logan
You can if you know what you are doing. We do it in the private sector everyday. Ive been in charge of million dollar projects that, with simple planning, moved quickly, efficiently and cost effectively.
1. First, a million dollar project isn't necessarily a big deal. If you are, say, installing a new tape backup system, the tape library (capacity 1,200 tapes and one dozen high speed drives) might be $800,000. Add $50,000 for the humans setting it up, and there are a number of ways the remaining $150,000 could be spent (servers, utility software, etc.) without the project being terribly complex. Very little of the spending is discretionary.
2. You have to include the planning time in the speed of your project. I suspect you got everyone on the same page before you even got to Gate Zero. You had the luxury of setting everything up, and putting it in motion, as a good project manager should. You did NOT whip up execution in 24 hours before expending your first resources.
3. That level of planning cannot be done ahead of time when you don't know what will be damaged/destroyed and who will be displaced.
4. Of course, NY being a government enterprise, there is plenty of room for intrigue and malfeasance. Even if the government subcontracted the whole thing to a Halliburton type operation, the risk of misbehaviour arises from government regulations and also from being an extra step removed from regular market mechanisms (performance being only one criterion among many that determines payment). It would be about as clean and efficient as military procurement.
posted on 01/21/2013 4:17:52 AM PST
by Dr. Sivana
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To: Dr. Sivana
You are quite correct in your comments.
Emergency response is an entirely different animal from a “normal” project.
Although insurance adjusters, auditors and others who come in after the fact to decide who gets paid and how much never seem to appreciate that fact.
The closest analogy I can think of is target shooting vs. combat. The mechanisms seem pretty close, but the reality is utterly different.
To: Dr. Sivana
You did NOT whip up execution in 24 hours before expending your first resources.
And why should government spending? Any quick infusion of cash SHOULD have been planned for in long term contingency and insurance. The spending for repairs and replacement of infrastructure should be planned. The only "quick" spending I've done is on changes during the project or add-ons and that was even done with a plan even though it was executed quickly.
As to my projects, I should have said "projects with millions of dollars" and not just $1 mil. No more quick writing late at night!
As usual with unaccountable government, they just saw another slush fund to buy goodies for themselves. I wonder how much of what is bought (Ipads, etc.) in the first few days end up at the homes of employees.
posted on 01/21/2013 11:40:50 AM PST
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