The perils of a rush job

Singapore 10th October 2010

Today is the magic 10-10-10 day. For some a sign of austerity and good luck for others a prediction of impending doom with a major virus attack on your computer waiting to happen. I guess we can decide to believe what we want and act accordingly, everyone has their own beliefs and perceptions… it’s a free world. To me it’s just a day like any other, in this case a weekend where I juggle between doing some pressing project work and having some quality time off with my lovely partner.

This blog is triggered by the reports I read from the Commonwealth Games about the many problems faced throughout the venues and accommodations that were specifically build for the Games. It has been obvious from the many press reports over the last few months preceding the opening that time management has been the main culprit. A too relaxed attitude in the beginning resulting in a rush job towards the end to finish in time. This is certainly not typical for India only. It happens throughout Asia, very few projects are well time managed and as a result many projects that still need to open on “D-day” face hasty rush jobs to meet the deadlines.      

One reporter called the Delhi Games the ultimate rush job…the resulting perils reported from Delhi are multiple. Socket outlets that are not working, presumably not even connected, lights not working, toilet flush that keeps going, but more seriously structures that collapse due to the hasty set up. A huge electronic scoreboard costing hundreds of thousands of dollars came down in the Rugby stadium. Another typical aspect of a rush job is that many systems have not been properly programmed and tested. Ticket booths were set up last minute, some after the games started, but the printers did not work as there was no time to test them.

Add to that inexperience of staff and the lack of time to train them with working systems and the chaos can be complete at times. It is just a stark reminder how important good time management is. In our lighting design business it applies too. Budget issues a part, a rush job is only a half job…in any project.

10. October 2010 by Martin Klaasen
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