Things are hotting up with my deal. We have a client meeting next week, when the new team (of which I am one) will meet the client, and we start to really refine (or in some cases define) the requirements for the deal. This may seem odd to the lay person, us having already released to them a rough order of magnitude proposal, aka a RoM, however the truth is that at nn we have a much more developed RoM process, and a different way of handling risk, than Starfleet. At Starfleet, in broad strokes, the approach was to avoid risk at all costs; they were a very risk-averse organisation. This means that a RoM can be as detailed as an open to acceptance proposal.
At nn, we embrace risk with caution and appropriate boundaries, which means that firstly that our clients are not bombared with all that we will not do, but also they are get what they want, and so do we. It also makes the RoM process a "that looks complex, call it half a million" type estimation process, rather than a "all the solutioning, but more relaxed coz it is not open to acceptance" approach of Starfleet.
It is all very interesting, and not a process I have been through fully too many times so far at nn, and with a new process introduced now also, it is harder (in that a process I did not know very well anyway has changed) and easier (a process I did not know has changed, so everyone is at broadly the same phase of understanding) for a relative newbie like me. Oh well, as the old saying goes, you cannot learn less (unless you are an American voter, it seems).
To be honest, I cannot wait, at long last, to get properly stuck in to a deal, meet the client, really start working my booty* and getting some experience and credibility under my belt.
The only issues is that I have taken next week off, since it is half term. I therefore plan to work on Wednesday, the day of the meeting, but have the rest of the week off. This is a good plan, made slightly dodgy only because on Tuesday night we are planning to attend a wine tasting evening. I suspect I shall be spitting rather than swallowing**.
We don't have any football this weekend, so will need to find useful, interesting, meaningful and "for all the family" things to do, which will be a challenge. Maggot 1 has a sleepover on Monday and Maggot 2 on Thursday, so the week will be puntuated by Maggots of various sizes invading our front room, but we don't mind, and the Maggots love it. Rather they were here, under our roof, than on a park bench in some dodgy part of town***.
We are at A&E on Saturday night for a Mexican-themed evening, complete, apparently, with sombreros and moustaches. Should be fun, and we will hopefully see a bunch of folks we have not seen for a while, including Brad and Angelina.
Have a great weekend****, and speak next week.
* not sure that is the right term. Ed
** really? Ed
*** Yes, they really do exist, even here down south
**** Just a routine reminder for Gorse Fox that for most of us, weekends are those two days when you are not at work