Innocent-Sounding Requests

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Question: Someone from another department asked me to do a one-pager. What could possibly go wrong?

Beware those innocent-seeming requests, because they can mushroom into huge projects overnight. Even simple asks can be like that cute baby alligator that seemed so harmless back in the pet shop. Or, it’s like turning over that sofa cushion on the porch and finding a huge nest of hornets, all of whom are about to come after you like in the movie “The Swarm”. If you know the other department like the back of your hand, it’s probably OK, but if you don’t, there will almost certainly be hidden factors that you can’t bullshit your way around.

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