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Project Completed

By Greg Huggins
Posted Sep 21st 2019 9:45AM

Wow, what a busy morning. Busy, but very productive.

After agreeing to take on this new project, the next decision was made to work out the details. A meeting was called to get the project underway. Plans were discussed for the project and many great ideas were debated and the ebb and flow of ideas finally brought the production plan to fruition. 

The new agreed upon plans for pre-production had to pass the tests of the accounting department and off it went to see if the financial side was feasible. After a little debate and a few minor changes, the project cost was approved and sent back to pre-production. The now modified plans from the CFO to reduce costs, created a brief stalemate with the design department. Finally, the decision was made to modify the initial design to meet the needs of the CFO approved amount. While the project will suffer a bit from the design change due to lack of funding, it looks like it will still have an acceptable outcome and be a worthwhile project.

Now that the production plan is in place, it was time to put the plan into action. Tests were conducted to determine if the modified plan would be suitable for this project. After some initial testing, it was time to regroup with the design committee to modify the production plans. Once approved, it was back to the CFO for a new approval. While the cost did exceed the modified amount that was approved, it did not exceed by as much as the original request, but the amount would need to be once again approved. It did not take long and the CFO approved the new modified amount and we were able to proceed with product testing.

Tests were successfully completed and then it was on to packaging. Initial packaging tests were proven unsuitable for the product. 

Now, once again, back to the design committee since if the project will not work in the original packaging design, the product design might need to be changed or the packaging modified to fit the current design and either of these changes could affect the costs as well.

It was determined that the packaging design could be modified to fit the product without incurring additional costs. SInce the project cost was not affected, that at least saved a return visit to the CFO for approval and it was back to the task at hand - project completion.

With the product successfully built and tested, and now fully packaged, costs were recalculated to assure there wasn't any overage in the cost run. 

Triple checked and successfully completed, the project was completed.

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Deciding to build a ham and swiss on rye for lunch is not just a simple task to achieve. First there was not any ham or swiss on hand and the only bread was wheat. The cost of this sandwich was to increase by going to get the proper supplies. After making one with the supplies on hand (bread only), it was deemed unsuitable and the decision was made to incur the transportation and supply costs to get the proper production plans back on track, however after consulting the CFO, it was determined that the rye was out the parameters of the project funding. So wheat would have to do.

With new supplies for the project, ham and swiss to go with the wheat bread, it was deemed insufficient without mustard. Dijon was requested, but due to lack of funding regular mustard would have to work. After consulting with the CFO, the addition of regular mustard in the budget was approved.  Now it was on to the packaging. Sure enough, the sandwich bag supply was depleted and the decision was made to use plastic wrap, an unexpected change but with no additional cost. 

After such a busy morning, I can hardly wait until lunch to relax and have a sandwich.

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Moral of the story: When you hear someone talk about all the “work” they had done and how exhausting it was, consider a few follow up questions. It might show that even a menial task can be exaggerated beyond what you thought was possible.

See you down the road,

Greg

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