Keep your boss from worrying

If your current project exhausts all normal design time plus allowable extra time, here are some tips to overcome management worries.

Blame problems on

If these suggestions do not work, don't give up. Try glitches, overshoot or undershoot, static charges, threshold, hysteresis, and power supply problems (only if you did not design the power supply, of course). Then ask for the most expensive test instruments, computers, and software packages available. Failing all else, demand that management rewrite your project's specifications because the specs are obviously too tight. Finally, let the software department develop workarounds for your hardware problems.

EDN Magazine, July 4 1991