2. The milestones or metrics: a benchmark time of how long a result is expected to take
3. The deadlines: the actual latest date for completion
4. The monitoring: interim checkpoints to assess progress
5. The support: guidance and clarification on the specifics or general direction We have taken the convenience of segmenting efforts into blocks of time (as a consultant, I bill clients by the hour), but time is not the deliverable; results are. I may be able to do something faster than someone else (say, another consultant) and as a consequence I spend less time executing and delivering results to a client. I do not stretch a project out to fit the time I have available; I use the time it takes to get the desired result. This is ultimately beneficial to both of us: More results (faster) mean lower overall costs for the client and more time for me to work with more clients. >To submit a news tip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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