More often than I would expect, I run into conversations about certain IT and web related projects where someone will say, with a bit of authority:
– This is not a big deal! It can be done over the weekend.
Once I was told that a certain feature that needed to be implemented was “only two hours work”! And this came from a person that had no knowledge of the software stack in use.
Another time upon protesting (and basically saying “Put your money where your mouth is!”) I got the best exit:
– I did not say that I can do it over the weekend. I said that it is possible to be done in a weekend by you!
Like I do not have better things to do in my weekends…
So if you have ever claimed that something is possible over a weekend (and can be delivered as a working beta) the weekend is not far. Shut up and prove your point. You can even use Friday afternoon as extra time.
But on Monday please call the guy that said it will take him a week, a month or more and apologize.