Posts Tagged ‘Schedule’
Think I’m growing feathers.
Was in Washington DC at the beginning of this week. I fly international Sunday. The following week I am back in Atlanta. Then I will either be back in DC or back International. It’s anyone’s guess. Either way keep an eye peeled on the Twitter and Tumblr accounts linked here on the main page as you may get a chance to see some cool places, cocktails and things in the coming days.
I’m trying to find time to wrap up my prospectus but it seems like everytime I sit down to work on it I either fall asleep or the phone rings. My intent right now is to spend some time finishing it on the plane this Sunday since I will be in the air about 13 hours.
Surely I can can get it and my references in to APA in that amount of time.
Otherwise the grind has been in full affect. I had my knee surgery last week, and of course in typical me form had to set off for DC at the start of this week. So I am limping along without any grace whatsoever, completeing the look of an overweight, broken American brought down by his size (although I actually injured the knee on the job). Oh, well.
Got to sit down and shoot the bull with my chair again this week which was good. Is also why I intend to spend Sunday running this thing down.
I start the first of my last 9000 series classes on Monday. I only have 5 of them in theory, but in practice I will be taking the 9000 series until my dissertation is done no matter if its 5 or 25. Granted I want it done in 5, the school wants it done in 5, so that means my already very busy year is about to get a whole lot busier.
Feast or famine around these parts.
There is no doubt about it. Turf pricing is insane.
The Market I ran in the southeast was 100% turf pricing, and every delay came not only out of my budget, but out of my hide. I saw very good companies, with good friends who ran those companies, go under trying to make the system work.
In 9 months I watched three contracting companies go belly up due to the turf pricing system. I can tell you first hand that their project scheduling is nothing short of nightmarish. It makes my days working for a unnamed giant retailer seem like a cake walk.
That was over a year ago, and now it seems to be getting worse if this latest commentary from Wireless Estimator is any proof.
Each every driver matrix includes a long list of fine print. Grounding includes labor, a set amount of feet of wire, lugs, heat shrink, and a specified list of requirements on how the item should be placed, mounted, positioned and otherwise ran. That just for starters.
The worst part comes with the wonderful “pay when paid” system. In other words the contractor gets paid, when management company gets paid, which is when AT&T decides to pay them.
It’s a ugly situation, but one the editors at Wireless Estimator seem to have grabbed hold of very well.
AT&T used to successfully rely upon qualified contractors to develop and build their sites, emphasizing safety at all costs.
It’s now all about costs. So much so that when tower technicians are seriously injured or killed while working on an AT&T installation, the carrier doesn’t even contact the tower owner for information about the incident.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said yesterday that the carrier’s loss of its iPhone exclusivity has benefited the industry.
The loss of a worker’s life, possibly through pricing and scheduling pressures, benefits no one, Mr. Stephenson.
It’s not fancy.
It’s the first of many.
But like our Team it will do the job.
Grab yourself a Tennessee Volunteers Schedule Wall paper
You can find it below the jump. Right click, save that sucker and stick it on your desktop.
Courtesy of yours truly.
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