As grey traces of dawn tinge the eastern sky, the three travellers, men of Willowdale, emerge from the forest's shadow. Fording the river, they turn south, journeying into the dark and forbidding lands of The Necromancer...
Saw this on a friend's Faceplant page yesterday...and boy does it ring way too true. Salespeople are constantly making promises and "writing checks" that the engineers are expected to "cash". Ridiculous attempts to appease a buyer just to get the sale and then browbeating the engineer that has to make it happen is a commonplace event. The engineer didn't set the sale price or the deadline, but he has to bust his tail to make it happen on time and under budget or he is in hot water. The salesman just collects his commission and moves on to the next conquest. It's even worse when the salesperson "thinks" that they know how things work and don't even invite the engineer's opinion.
Ever since I have moved from design engineering to teaching, my life has gotten just a little less stressful.
EDIT: One caveat to this opinion...I have been involved in industrial automation for almost 30 years and although the above is almost universally true (as far as I can tell), the exception was the couple of years I spent as a designer/programmer for ride control systems for theme park attractions. When you are placing men, women, and children directly into the machinery being controlled, time and money are secondary to solid, safe designs. I would hope that the same were true for the manufacturers of any transportation system.
OMG! OMG! OMG! I've been there so many times. And, we're forgetting, "how hard can it be?"
As a general rule, this happens in environments where people just simply have no knowledge at all with what they're working. Project managers, marketers, executives, whatever, they each have their own expertise that they bring to the table. But, if they're clued out about widgets, they can never form intelligent thoughts--bring their expertise to bear-- about widget making. .