I had agreed to a two-month contract with a client to create a new scheduling system using software that runs off MySQL. I arrive and am greeted by the CFO.
CFO: So, we have had a change to the budget since we spoke. Instead of paying you for two months, we can only afford to pay you for two days.
Me: That won’t be enough time to complete the job, or even make a dent in it. What do you expect me to do in that time?
CFO: Well, today we want you to write out in as much detail as possible what you would do if you were going to be here for two months. Then tomorrow we have three interns arriving and we’d like you to walk them through the manual.
I left pretty quickly. I kept my deposit, but still…