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Paraphrased with imaginary ending:

Me: Ok so this X will never be more than Y items and not more than one pages?

Person: Yes. it won't be more than Y items and never more than one page.

Me: If this is always Y items or less and not more than one page, I can hammer this out quick then. If it is more than that it will take much longer to complete.

Person: Awesome!!!

-later-

Person: OK here's the template for Y x10 items and multiple pages.

Me: Oh I'm sorry, we're going to have to stop working on this. I thought you actually gave a fuck about this 'important' project and that you had deadlines you cared about, but apparently not enough to participate in this conversation with any level of intellectual honesty. Please fuck off now while I go work on more productive tasks....

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  • 3
    What happened then?
  • 5
    @alexbrooklyn

    It will be done when it is done, and probably half way done as we're off the reservation now...
  • 5
    Make sure to confirm the discussion and agreed about goals in an email so there is a written trail.

    And when they come with changed goals tell them thats a new task that needs to be put on the planning board and estimated.
  • 4
    @Voxera

    Oh absolutely, everything is in email, as is my "here's what we're facing and what we need / don't have / aren't getting" and such.
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