A fun expression from Greece, the country I live in. Means what it says – you need to feed people if they’re going to work for you. So obvious and yet how often do you find yourself working on a site where no thought has been given to peoples needs?
After a painful job back in 1999 I began to make a personal checklist:
- parking and access
- permits if needed
- water !!!
- building work finished
- stable power
- air conditioning
Then we’ll talk about deadlines…
That particular job was a turn-key TV station mid-summer in an industrial district of mid-Athens. Temperatures around 40 celsius, hardly a tree in sight to shade the concrete. It was mid-August and most of the shops were closed – everyone who could had left for the beaches. Except for us poor mutts who were tasked with get the channel on-air by the beginning of September.
The wiring team were working around the builders. Power came and went, air-con was a still just a dream. It was the last of the heroic installations – we gave it all and yes we made it. But from then on I made a personal vow:
Plan the job as though you are going work on the Moon