I live on the south shore of Massachusetts. We recently had a pretty good winter storm hit that knocked down quite a few trees and power lines. I am sure the local power company could not even approach to fixing all those issues on their own. They correctly hired what appeared to be several hundred outside contractors to come into state and help.
The storm hit Friday night.
Saturday, whilst the outside contractors were arriving, someone took a wind measurement and proclaimed “high winds”. This meant all of these contractors sitting in their trucks in a local mall had little to do. Interesting seeing these guys walking around a mall – you can tell very few ever go inside a mall in their normal life. You really have to envision most of a local mall packed with these bucket trucks and the contractors doing absolutely nothing for hours. Oh, by mid-morning the weather was “pleasant” – no wind, no snow, partly-cloudy – perfect.
Sunday rolls around and the contractors are still sitting there. Someone that talked to one of the contractors said “no one has told them what to do”. Isn’t that amazing! We hired all these people from out of state and no plan for what they would do when they got here.
By Monday someone woke up and started organizing their efforts. We had power back soon.
I know I usually talk about software things, but I have been team leader, manager types many times. I have had a budget and went to hire contractors. There was never a day where we could afford to bring in a contractor without knowing exactly what they were going to do and how long it would take.