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RE: Scenario O Re: Upcoming: further thoughts on where from here

2004-09-23 09:22:30

--On Thursday, 23 September, 2004 11:09 -0400 Margaret Wasserman
<margaret(_at_)thingmagic(_dot_)com> wrote:

Given that the schedule has the interim IAOC formed in
November and the IAD hired in January, I think that this may
be reasonable.  The interim IAOC would be hard put to organize
themselves and get together a detailed description of the
deliverables in two months, anyway. When we originally made
the timeline, I thought those events would be further apart.


One of the weaknesses of both scenarios, IMO, is that the
position and job description for the IAD are a little
underspecified except in indirect ways.  However, when I go
through the proposals and review what is expected, especially in
the light of Tony's comments about sequencing (with which I
agree), I come up with an executive-level position that requires
a fair amount of executive-level management, planning, and
budgeting experience.  The "Scenario O" situation may make a
less strong requirement in those regards than the "Scenario C"
ones do, because the person would be working in an ISOC context
where some supplementary skills and advice may be readily
available (but I think we need to be careful about that, see
below), but, in neither case do we seem to be talking about a
position that would permit us to run an ad in a popular
publication or two and then make a quick choice among a group of
essentially equally appropriate people.  

If, instead, we really are talking about an executive-level
position that requires someone with considerable skills,
including being able to convince whomever makes the decision
that he or she is capable of working in the rather interesting
management/ reporting environments outlined in the Scenarios, a
period of two to three months (most of one of which is occupied
by the low-function holiday season in much of the US and Europe
(at least))between between "seat the IAOC" and "have the IAD
found, selected, negotiated with, hired, and sitting at a desk,
doing work" seems to me to be _wildly_ optimistic.   Based on
some experience, I rather suspect six working months would be
more realistic and we could easily not be that lucky.

Of course, this is not a basis on which to discriminate between
the two Scenarios; they both have versions of this excessive
optimism.  But it does impact the estimates of what should be
expected to be done in or by early 2005.


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