At this festive time of year, we send our best wishes to all of our clients, colleagues and friends – together with a few light-hearted thoughts for 2017 from one of our Managing Consultants, Paul …

Dear Santa,

For Christmas this year I would like, in no particular order – and Dear Santa – I’m not bothered about gift wrapping (or ‘Gold-Plating’ as we prefer to call it):

  • A client who understands contractors’ need to make a profit in order to stay in business
  • Margins that are comfortable but not so high that I will be accused of profiteering
  • An estimate that’s competitive but not too high (a winning bid with a good margin) –
    actually Dear Santa – can I have lots of those?!
  • Budgets that will keep my staff busy but not overworked
  • Schedules which don’t require the sprinting ability of Usain Bolt nor the acceleration of an F1 racing car
  • Manpower histograms that don’t resemble a large nail that I’m about to stand on
  • A scope that is fixed and change procedures that aren’t written in Martian
  • A contract that facilitates all the above
  • A client team that can imagine standing in my shoes

Please, Dear Santa….

A  Contractor

P.S. Dear Santa – can you look after this list and return it to me? I’ll need it again (and again and again…)

Paul Jobling – Managing Consultant, Kingsfield Consulting