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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Competitive Market

It's the last week of the first quarter.
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Lots of my friends in big corporations are pushing to check boxes that will define their professional performance and drive the worth of their company in the stock market.  I have no problem with it.
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Our competitive market system benefits us all in the end, even though it's a rat race if you are in the middle of it all.
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I never priced a competitive project that I felt confident that it was a slam dunk that we would make a profit.  Yet, we usually find a way around the constraints and limitations.  Once in awhile, the customer is too unreasonable, and the squeeze is something that you don't think you will eventually get comfortable with.  I have no trouble bailing when that happens.
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But usually, the seemingly impossible becomes possible when you attack all of the angles.  That is how the market provides the highest quality at the lowest prices... and why government and government backed time and material industries.... are so incredibly wasteful.   
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In public bureaucracies and socialist systems, they don't have to work smart, they just have to cover their ass.

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