Construction vs. Software Development

A big real-estate firm contracts with a big general contractor to build a 40-story skyscraper. 80% of the way through the project, as the workers are putting in wiring, plumbing, elevators, etc., the client comes in to a progress meeting and says:

we redid our projections and with Class-A rents going up we really need 50 floors in order to make best use of the changing market conditions.  How long will that change take?

Would they laugh him out of the building, or throw him out? If the latter, from what floor? (Remember most buildings don’t have a thirteenth floor).

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1 Response to “Construction vs. Software Development”


  1. 1 Chicago Concrete Contractor December 24, 2007 at 2:10 am

    Well, I’ve actually heared about cases like this. One was discussed during a project management class at a university. Ironically the class was full of IT students.


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