Reminders of My Former Work Life
I spent a number of years in project management, particularly in the Information Technology area. Clients always wanted to know what something was going to cost to get developed for them, but like the cartoon, often had no details that they could give me to start the ball rolling.
I used to call this the Tyranny of the Number. My question would be "What is your budget?" or "What do you think the project is worth?" My clients, thinking I was on a money grab were in turn asking "What will it cost?" Both of us were pretty sure that the one who could get the other to blink first, won.
There, of course was more to it than that, but this comic which I received in email this morning from Dilbert.com reminded me of how negotiations usually started over projects.